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Changing the Disk Space Bar "Low Level"

Q: Changing the Disk Space Bar "Low Level"

In Explorer on Computer, is there a way to change the number of gigabytes or percentage that Windows uses before it changes from the blue bar to red? For instance, I have an array that is 1TB, but it still has over 15GB free on it, but Windows interprets that percentage as the drive being low, so the bar appears red.

To me, I don't want that bar red unless there is say, 5GB remaining, or maybe even 1GB. 15GB still goes a long way, even though it is a small fraction of 1TB.


A: Changing the Disk Space Bar "Low Level"

Quote: Originally Posted by muzicman82

In Explorer on Computer, is there a way to change the number of gigabytes or percentage that Windows uses before it changes from the blue bar to red? For instance, I have an array that is 1TB, but it still has over 15GB free on it, but Windows interprets that percentage as the drive being low, so the bar appears red.

To me, I don't want that bar red unless there is say, 5GB remaining, or maybe even 1GB. 15GB still goes a long way, even though it is a small fraction of 1TB.


15Gb out of 1Tb would be considered low to me.

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Here's the story. I bought this new Samsung 840 250GB SSD.
I first did a clean install of windows 7 on it and it worked fine. Windows installed without much problem and everything. Then something didn't look right about the partitions. It looked like because I had all my HDDs connected while installing windows on the SSD the windows created the system reserve on the old HDD rather than the SSD. So I went back and decided to start from scratch with all the HDDs except for the SSD disconnected. I tried reinstalling windows on it but this time it didn't work. I tried formatting the SSD and it just gave me an error saying windows couldn't install on a GPT disk. I went into bios, made sure the PC was booting from the UEFI DVD drive and it still kept giving me the same error.

So I then booted up my old HDD. I tried formatting my SSD and now I can't delete the partition!
This is what my disk set up looks like:

If I click "extend volume" on the "New Volume (G" disk, it says "there is not enough space on the disk(s) to complete this operation".
If I try to create a "new simple volume" on the "unallocated" partition, it says the same...

Have I destroyed my new SSD now?! I just want it to work like a new clean disk...

A:If I try to "extend volume" it gives "not enough space on the disk(s)"

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Brilliant tool if you can't do anything with the partition them just wipe the disk mate and start over with this SSD Alignment

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Ok so I'm using a custom visual style made by another user however I don't really like the buttons used that I mentioned above. The creator states it is acceptable to change the theme to however you like as long as you don't redistribute it anywhere.

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But I did run into another problem. For some visual styles I can't even locate those buttons in the images directory. Where else would they be?

A:Changing the "minimize" "maximize" and "close" buttons of a theme

Use Windows Style Builder to do that...

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I'm hoping this is a simple fix. I'm trying to fix my elderly uncle's Asus laptop. System Repair pops up and fails. I booted to command prompt and found out it may be hard disk space. 400+ GB Hard drive (only one drive) and there's only 1024kb Free. I'm thinking that could be the issue. Hardware was checked out at the computer store and is fine. But they were going to charge him $200 to fix this failure to boot up issue. I told him to let me try first.

Can I possible "compact" this drive from the command prompt screen?

Note: I have no other Win 7 systems, so can't create a disk, and I have no original disks.
Also, no restore point has ever been set, and there are no partitions on the drive.

A:"Startup repair" failing - hard disk space issue?

Normally, I'd tell you to download a program or two to examine what's using the space or to clean up unnecessary files.

But with only 1024 kb of space, you probably can't install anything.

So--try this:

Start button, search box, type in "disk cleanup" and then poke the disk cleanup listing that shows up.

Let it clean up the drive and report back with how much space you then have.

You'll see an option in disc cleanup where it asks if you want to clean up system files as well. Say yes.

It should calculate how much space it will recover.

Let it run to completion. Might take a few minutes.

Then check your recycle bin to see if it's empty.

Report back with available space.

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Hello, my system disk is an Intel X25-M G2 80Gb (74.4Gb) and I recently discovered that there is a rather huge discrepancy in used disk space.

According to disk properties I have used up ~73.7 of the 74.4Gb, but the actual files on the disk are only 51.7Gb if I show all hidden/system files, mark everything and check size and WinDirStat report the EXACT same thing.

I have no pagefile on my system disk, no hibernation file and no system restores (it's actually disabled).

So any ideas whatsoever what this could be? It's starting to become rather annoying to "lose" 25% of my system disk. I've run diagnostics and haven't been able to find anything, I've googled it extensively and found others with similar problems, but the only solutions I've found are pagefile, hibernation file, system restores and of course disk cleaning - all of which I have checked already.

A:Approx. 20Gb of system disk space "missing" - Intel X25-M G2

Hello Zeilon, and welcome to Seven Forums.

The tutorial below may be able to help you ID what may be using the SSD's space. Option 1 with WinDirStat is a good starting point.

Hard Disk Space - Free Up and Recover

Hope this helps,

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I have a C: drive which I want to increase in size. Under disk management there is 20GB of "Free space" - (right next to the C: partition). But neither disk management or EASUES partition manager will allow the partition to use this space. How to I change "free space" to "unallocated" so that it can be used ?

A:Cannot extend volume (disk management) although "free space" exists

Can you post a snip showing what you have? An image makes it easier for us to help you. For example, you said that there was 20GB of free space next to your C: partition. What you didn't say was whether it was to the left or right of it.

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My wife has a two month old Lenovo ideapad with Windows 7. We are now getting alerts that the D partition is near full. Is this system taking multipul backups of the harddrive C and storing them all? What are my best options to have a safe backup, but not overloading the D partition? I do see in; Computer>System>Device Manager>Disk Drives>D Drive General tab that there are two options at the bottom.
option one, (not checked in my case) "Compress this drive to save disk space".
Option two, (checked) "Allow files on this drive to have contents indexed in addition to file properties"
Would selecting option one solve my problem? If this system is saving a snapshot of D over and over, it will only be a matter of time when option one will be overcome.
SO, I would think that there has to be a setting that will let partition D delete older backups...right?

Would it be a combination of selecting option one and changing a setting that would enable older backups to be automaticaly removed?

A:Action Center "Check backup disk space" alert

Welcome to the forum
If your D drive is made for backup's only, you can delete all files exept the newest one.
But it's advised to make backup's on an external USB drive and change the frequency of backup's to your files and olso for images to your OS.

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Hi everybody, I've made a lot of progress with this external drive, but I seem to be stuck now.


Unidentified problem with 3TB external drive (USB 3.0 enclosure) that the computer suddenly started treating as RAW. Spent the last two weeks running CHKDSK /r repeatedly. Slowly got through many hundreds of indexing errors. Now I get as far as "verifying security descriptors (stage 3 of 5)," but I seem to have hit a wall here...

CHKDSK won?t go any further because there is "Insufficient disk space to fix the security descriptors data stream."

Microsoft?s advice (Error Message:) is of no help to me. They say to ?delete some unneeded files from the disk and try again,? which doesn?t help me since I can?t get the drive to mount or stay mounted long enough to copy the files onto a different drive.


The drive behaves differently each times I power up its enclosure, but it is usually one of these things:

Drive doesn't mount.
Drive mounts after a few minutes. I see a generic "Local Disk L:" in Windows Explorer but, when I try to explore its folders, the computer takes about 15 minutes trying to read it (I can see the progress bar moving slowly across the top of the screen), and then says that "The parameter is incorrect." Drive disappears from Windows Explorer.
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A:"Insufficient disk space to fix the security descriptors data stream."

Someone? Anyone?

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Big Kudos to anybody who can solve this one! Very little/nothing on Google or microsoft support site.
Here's the problem:

I'm helping a family member who has a new Dell PC with Windows XP Home, Outlook Express 6.
Every time they close Outlook Express, the following Warning pops up:
To free up disk space OE can compact messages. This may take a few minutes. There are 2 options - OK and Cancel.

Here is the rub: We've closed the warning, or we've clicked OK, or we've clicked cancel, we've checked the box that says don't ask me again....these warnings continue to come up next time (EVERY time) Outlook Express is closed.

This is a senior citizen who has, maybe, 20 email messages and no shortage of memory or disk space. I want to prevent this warning from coming up ever again. How do I do it? Is there some default I can change somewhere?

A:Solved: "Free Up Disk Space" OE warning ?? Stop the Madness!

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I got the warning msg that my drive "E" (system restore) was almost full. I did a disk cleanup, and a delete all restore points (including system...). After deleting approx 25 restore points and I've deleted down to 2 currently (new ones) and the only way I could get them to go was with CCleaner, My disk now shows only 4.2 free of the setting of 10.6GB. I cannot find what it taking up over 6GB on my recovery disk. What has it gone for....? I searched the internet several hours but can't find the answer. Any help appreciated...TJ

A:Unable to increase free space on Recovery Disk "E"

System Restore points take up space on C, rather than in E or a recovery partition in my experience. A recovery partition is normally put there by the manufacturer to allow you to restore to factory specifications if needed. I wouldn't ever deliberately put anything else on a recovery partition.

Who made this PC?

Can you post a picture of Windows Disk Management so we can see a visual display of your partitions?

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Hi there,

I am facing a problem with the backup program of Windows 8. My computer (Asus with 250SSD) disk is new and I just installed my programs. Now I want to create a System Image using Windows. The image should be around 50go. Everything works fine until I get a message error saying my external disk does not have enough space, which is impossible since it is completely empty (500go).
Did anyone have ever meet that problem and/or have advices to help me? I would like to solve that and not be forced to used another way to backup.

Thank you,


A:Create system image failed - "not enough space on disk"

Is your second disc formatted NTFS?

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Windows 8.1 Update - Check backup disk space - Microsoft Community

Windows 8.1, can't remove "Check backup disk space" error in action center - Ars Technica OpenForum

Please help. Thanks.

A:"Check Backup Disk Space" Error Windows 8.1

See picture:

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I am attempting to transfer all of the files form an NTSF 250 GB external drive to an empty FAT32 250 GB internal drive via USB.

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This is not true though, as the destination drive has more than enough space for the transfer.

A:False error - "not enough disk space" durring transfer

You cannot transfer all the files because many will be in use...

You will ned to make a drive image with a program like Ghost, or you can even use its drive copy feature.

It will be cake to copy an entire drive.

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I know this question has been asked before as I've read about it all over the Internet. In order to get rid of the 'Low Disk Space' message it says to go to the registry and locate HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Policies \ Explorer, type a new value, etc. The only problem is I don't have an Explorer key. It ends at Policies.

I've tried everything. I've tried creating the key myself, and I've tried inserting the value into the policies folder. Nothing has worked. Can anyone help?
Thank you

A:Solved: Can't get rid of "Low Disk Space" message on my recovery drive

I guess no one else is having this problem. Do you think this is a problem with HP?

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When I couldn't delete the student office trial (which came installed with my HP laptop purchase) from "add/remove" due to having deleted first, a different but associated program (can't recall the name), I followed these tedious instructions found on this link -

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A:Office Trial Removed From "Add/Remove" YET Ate Up Disk Space

ellaphant5 said:

due to having deleted first, a different but associated program (can't recall the nameClick to expand...

This can be a problem.

Also, I would say that fix from MS applies only to when the proper procedure for the uninstall of Office is followed but the end result is not what we expected so basically that didn't wasn't any help.

We need to know what other mystery "associated" program is.

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Using XP SP-1, 40GB HDD
A folder named "System Volume Information" has been created in each drive (C:,D:,E:,F: )
and consuming significant disk space day by day. Whether deleting these folders will create any problem. Any other technique to stop increasing the size of these folders ? Please suggest.
Presently consuming more than 3 GB in total.
Sometimes I need system restore to speed up the PC (besides other registry tools ) ..therefore this function is enabled in the system.

A:Too much disk space consumed for "System Volume Information"

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Hi there!
First of all thanks for the great toturial and the forum.

I tried to do the in-place upgrade from Windows 10 (build 1607) in order to "repair" my system (there are some quirks I want to get rid off) using a freshly created USB (as per description), but it fails with the message "make sure that there is enough disk space available in your PC" (rough translation from german; see attached screenshot) without any further information.

It then automatically cycles back to the question on how to install (i.e. with keeping data and apps or without) and then back into the above mentioned error message.

This is what I already tried or made sure of prerequisites needed:
I have made sure that there is definitely enough disk space available.My C: partition (where windows resides on) is 106 GB large and has currently over 58 GB of free space available.The system partition that is supposed to be 350 MB is still 350 MB (I read something about this potentially being reduced to 100 MB by other tools ...).I have deinstalled the Kaspersky anti virus tool (reinstalled it now after several tries with no success).I have disabled (i.e. fully decrypted) the disk encryption bitlocker on all disks.

My partitions (as seen from "Mini Tool Partition Wizard" and "Disk Manager"):
Do you have any ideas on what else could be wrong?
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A:In-Place Upgrade fails with message "not enough disk space"

Hi, Mark and welcome to Ten Forums.
Have you tried to mount the ISO in File Explore, instead if using an USB stick?
I just download the current ISO here: Windows 10 ISO , mount it in File Explorer and run the setup.exe.

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Hello everyone,

I am currently a new registered user and was wondering if this was the correct place to post my problem. I have a issue with my Local Disk (C:/ Drive) and was wondering what was taking up so much space. I have a 1TB hardrive, currently on my Local Disk I have 136GB free of 454 GB. However, when I add up what I can find when opening the drive, it doesn't add up anywhere near the 317GB that it says has been used.

Now, I have currently installed...CCleaner, Eusing Regcleaner, AVG Free 8.0, and TreeSize, all of which I have run various times (still learning about TreeSize).

BEFORE I was getting scared because I had even less memory free (approx. 74.9GB of 454GB). But after running a Disk knocked it down to it's current state. It still doesn't explain how I have so much memory used.

My only thought now is that there are extra copies of my folders and files. Or most likely this has something to do with Vista's "System Restore". I am not very adept at using this PC. Whatever advice you guys can give...try to dumb it down for me and tell me where to go (e.g. Control Panel>Systems>etc..)

And my System Specs are incomplete because I don't even know where to go to get all that information! So if you need to know something about my PC tell me where I might find it or just look at what I have for my System Spec.

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A:Local Disk/System Restore/"eating" up space

Hello Mike, and welcome to Vista Forums.

This tutorial will help you see how much disk space is being used by System Restore and how to adjust the MAX size it can use. With a 1TB drive, it will have a high MAX by default.

System Restore - disk space

Hope this helps,

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I use microsoft office 2007 My computer is dual core 2.53 Ghz 3 GB memory and I have 91.4 GB free disk space.
I am using Windows XP Professional Version 2002 Service Pack 2
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A:Solved: "There is not enough memory or disk space to complete the operation."

What type of file? Where did it come from?

If you do not have file endings showing, you should. Be sure that there is not a hidden "exe" or "com" at the end of that file.

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Hi - I keep getting the message that a backup failed due to less than 400 MB on the Windows disk. I have about 350 GB available on the disk!

Other backups have worked OK. I have seen a long thread on the Microsoft site with lots of people saying they have the same intermittent problem, but no solution. Anyone know what causes this?

I'm working Home Premium, and backup up to another hard disk on the same machine which also has lots of free space.

Thanks guys


A:Vista backup fails "not enough space on Windows disk"

Just a couple of simple questions, which you may have already covered.
How much space is on the C drive.(where Vista is installed)
On the 'Where do you want to save your backup' page, you are sure it is your second drive and not the 'Recovery' partition.

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I know it reduces the overall file size of the folder or file in question, but what method does it use to do this?

If you are not familiar with this phrase, it appear if you right-click on a file/folder in windows explorer and select "advanced". When selected the file/folder name will turn blue.

I need to know for some work, I have to compress some work and I could merely show myself using this feature, but explaining how it works would be better.

Thank you

A:[SOLVED] What does "Compress Contents To Save Disk Space" do?

This compression method does not reduce the "size" of a folder, it reduced the "size on disk". am I right in thinking that this compression method does not alter the code of any files, it merely stores the folder in a way which saves space on the disk?

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i heard this is way to much. what should i set it to?> or what else should i do?

thanks alot,


A:in my internet options, my "amount of disk space to use" is 8591 MB..?

It's down to preference really but you don't really need it to be set more than 200 mb's.

Hope that helps :)

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when i try to run word 2007 i get the following error message:
There is not enough memory or disk space to run word 12

I have 1Gb RAM with 550Mb free and 2Ghz Turion with 7Gb free space on the system partition and 15Gb free space in the other partition

can any tell me why its doing this?


A:OFFICE 2007 - "Not enough Memory or Disk Space to run word 12"..?

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I first notice my notebook begins to have this issue when I tried to update my Windows. It returned me with error code "80070008", which says that my computer might have run out of memory, however, there are 200GB space available
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I tried to perform DISM 'ScanHealth' and it returned me "Error: 8 - Not enough storage is available to process this command".
At first, I tried to ignore this issue as I thought it did not cause me any major trouble. But I was wrong. Several USB devices become unresponsive (yellow exclamation icon at Device Manager).
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Some of my programs also become incredibly laggy ever since this issue arises, yet I don't know where the problem lies. 
At Event Viewer... I noticed several error messages regarding
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Is it possible this can do any harm to my computer?


A:Quick question about the option "compress drive to save disk space"

I have never knwon it to, it doesn't delete any of your wanted files, only temporary junk!

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A:Windows Update error, "not enough disk space..."

Time to do a Cleanup of your system:
Windows Update Cleanup in Windows 8

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I had the same trouble. I had never backed up my hard drive before i had kind of run into it so i figure what the hay i'll try it. It told me to back it up on the D drive or disk. (since i didn't have a disk setting there i figured i would back it up on D drive) Well after a few min. it said i didn't have enough space. So i figured Oh well. I didn't need to back it up. Well EVERY TIME I Reboot the computer now it tells me I'm low on disk space on drive D.
Now everyone know D drive doesn't have alot of space it has your system on it. But why now is it checking it all the time. When it tells me to clean it , it shows me where and there isn't anything to clean. THIS IS ANNOYING! HOW DO I MAKE IT STOP?

There is no screen to give a shot of. It's a little icon on the task bar that pops up. Than when you click on it it says delete unused files. When you click on it it gives you the list of files you can delete. BUT there is only two things on it and both are all ready empty. One is recycle bin.

A:[SOLVED] How to stop "low disk space" messages

Hi Rachel3790 and welcome to TSF !

It's better to start your own thread so that we keep one thread for one user. Here's a link to the related thread you first posted into :

Which program did you use to backup your system drive ?

If this is an HP computer have a look at the link advised by Mon in the other thread :

Else, when disk space is running low, Windows may advise you to run the disk cleanup utility which allows you to delete temporary files and empty the recycle bin, among other things. Since this doesn't help it means that your hard drive is simply filled with your own data and the data from the programs you installed on it. The backup you just created is probably also taking some space and if you don't need it you should just delete it.

What you need to do is copy some files on CD's or DVD's, on an external drive or to another computer. You should uninstall the programs you're not using anymore using add/remove programs and you can also delete some old documents of yours in your "my document" folder if you don't need them anymore.

Be careful not to delete any system file or folder. Files that are safe to move away are video and music files. These media files usually take plenty of space and you can free that space if you burn them on CD's or DVD's and delete them from your hard drive.

If you have no idea what's using up space o... Read more

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I receive daily a "Low Disk Space" error message which is incorrect and in my estimation fradulent. It goes on to give an alternative to rectify this situation by offering to "Speed up your computer and remove all viruses that are on your computer." Of course all of this is for a price. If you opt in and then change your mind before you totally commit they offer the same package for half price. I refuse to be "sucked in" by this fraudulent company.

I have gone to the internet to try and find out how I may get rid of this enemy. I have used Malwarebytes, Microsoft Security Essentials and Microsofts Security fix program all to no avail. I am at my 'wits end' trying to rid my computer of this plague. This is the url that the message comes through as. I cannot find out any source that will identify its origin:

I need help.


Doug. Bell

A:Fake "Low Disk Space" error message

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And, yes, I did create those folders for drive E.

What to do?

A:Nero aborts with "not enough disk space" error.

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I used Creative Lab's Wave Studio for years with a single problem.

I loaded it onto my sister's computor and the first time I tried to save a file, I got an error message saying:

"There is insufficient disk space to save (file name)."

She had several gigs of open space so I just chalked it up to something funky of her PC.

A few weeks later, my HD crashed, so I installed a new one and re-loaded my software. When I fired up my Wave Studio (version 4.02), I got the same message. Now I had roughly 75 GIGS of free space.

I'm not a newcomer to the world of software troubleshooting, but this one has me stumped.

Any help would go a long way to restoring my sanity.


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Doing some maintainence on my computer, i am considering doing this option: "Compress drive to save disk space". There is also a "compress old files" to save space

are these both the same things? (same drive)
can i undo this options? im a big fan of reformatting to undo problems in the event its challenging to undo compress a file.


A:"Compress drive to save disk space"

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Hi, I have a multiboot setup, with XP on my C: drive and Win7 on G:, but I want to remove the hard drive with XP on it and just stick with Win7. Problem is, C: is considered the "system" disk, so I can't remove the hard drive and just have Win7, which is what I want to do.

Here's a screenshot of my setup:
C: = XP
E: = Partition on the C drive
D: = various data, no OS
G: = Win7

Can I use the same bootsect.exe solution that SIW2 recommended for another user who posted here (Drakmyth)? I would greatly appreciate any help before I do something stupid and accidentally nuke my computer.

Thanks very much in advance,

A:Changing "System" disk on an XP/7 multiboot setup


It is actually pretty simple to remove the XP drive. Just unplug it, and run Startup Repair if 7 won't boot.

Hope this helps,

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Forgive me, but I?m new to the forum and relatively new to [rebuilding] computers (compared to some of you, I?m sure?) I do have a tech background.

Having said that, I had to do a re-install of XP (SP1) on a Dell Optiplex GX620 that I have. While at it, I upgraded the HD to 1.5TB (Seagate Barracuda)

The XP install went well. I did not have a restore disk for the drivers, so I went to Dell?s driver download website and downloaded the correct drivers for my model/service tag.

I put the drivers on a USB flash drive and moved them/loaded them onto the Dell. I installed the drivers in order and most installed fine. A few however, such as the Broadcom 57XX Gigabit Divers, are telling me that I am out of disk space. I get the error and a dialog box says that the volume on the C: drive is -650GB, and I have -655GB Available, with 2328KB Required and Differences of -650GB? I have no-idea what?s going on here, but I can?t seem to install the driver(s).

I did Disk Clean-up, defrag, chk disk, Ccleaner? blah, blah, blah? I am only using 1% of the available drive capacity.

Any ideas?

A:New O/S and driver install "Out of Disk Space"???

BUMP... Does anyone know whats going on with this? It's a simple re-install and driver install problem; not a virus or anything weird.

Someone has on this forum has HAD to have seen this before.

Please help.


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I am trying to copy a 9gig video file to my Seagate external USB 2 drive for back-up.
The drive has 140gig available, but I keep getting the "not enough free disk space" warning when I try to move it and it will not allow it to be copied.
What am I missing? is it a format thing?

A:Solved: "not enough free disk space"

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I have to harddrives, drive :C/ and drive D :/ drive c has the basic miniums and came with 16 gbs of space which is completely full with windows , then drive d has 136gbs and is 103gb of free space left
ANYTHING i try to download i try to make it go to Drive D but none the less i keep getting the error "not enough disk space"

this is a brand new system, that a friend whos good with computers built for me for my gaming needs, i have a

intel r core tom 2 quad cpu 6600 @ 2.40GHz 4 gb ram 64 bit operating system..

if you can help or need any info please let me know where i can find the info for you on the computer im pretty crappy with computers so i need all the help ican get

A:keep getting "not enough disk space" with 2 hard drives

anyone have any ideas? this is getting really frustrating....

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I am getting this window popping up every 2 or 3 minutes despite clicking on it and ticking the usual boxes to remove the unwanted files - 3 minutes later back pops the warning

its as if the pc doesnt know I'm actually doing it

I have followed this advice given to someone else on another site

"Insure the temp files in the hidden Local Settings folder are deleted.
Start>My Computer> Local Disk C> Computer user name> Then go to tools (at the top)> Folder Options>View and put a dot in show Hidden Files and Folders Click OK> Open the Local Setting Folder>Temp> Delete all the files you can in the temp folder.
3. Run Disk Clean from the Start>All Programs> Accessories> System Tools>Disk Clean Insure you remove all the compress old files.
4. Get Rid of the Restore points and Lesson the amount of disk space System Restore uses.
Right click on My Computer>Properties>System Restore and put a check in turn off system restore now click on the Settings Button Choose a setting of 1 - 5% click apply and OK
Go back and TURN ON system restore, insure the amount of disk space for system restore did not default to the Max amount."
but it hasn't made any difference whatsoever

could this be a virus? I ran malaware and then 'search and destroy' but that made no difference either

I have an Acer Aspire T1 2OE

A:incessant "low disk space" warnings

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I have recurring problem, which I have noticed on PCs other than my own. The used space on my hard disk drive is approximately 5GB higher than the total of all the files on it. (It's always been around 5GB, every time I've seen it). The only thing I can do is to reformat the disk, and it will be fine for a few months, and then the same amount will "disappear" again. Disk cleanup, ccleaner, etc don't help, and it's not the recycle bin or temporary files.

It happens on my primary (Windows XP) partition, but not on the secondary partition, and last week it happened on my external hard disk after I deleted a large quantity of data.

I only have 60GB in total (30GB on the primary partition) in my laptop, and 40GB on the eternal drive, so its pretty annoying to lose 10GB. If it makes any difference, my external drive is a 2.5" laptop drive, a Hitachi Travelstar, NTFS formatted. Not sure what brand is in the laptop, but it's FAT32. But I've seen this happen on a friend's desktop too (again only on the primary partition).

Any ideas why this happens and if I can do anything about it that doesn't involve reformatting?


A:"Lost" hard disk space

Tell me if I'm teaching you to suck eggs, but what size blocks do you have on your drives, because without decent sub-block allocation, you'll often lose parts of blocks for files when they're smaller than the block size. Even with sub-block allocation, you'll still lose a bit because of the overheads, but 5GB seems a little steep for that size of disk.

If I compare my size of files, with size on disk, I'm losing ~1-2% of the disk. That's with the default block size of 4K. But it probably depends on the number of small file you have around the place.

After deleting a large number of files, it's probably worth-while running a disk cleaner to make all the blocks contiguous again, and that should give you back most of your space, but if they are really not getting re-allocated as free space, then I'll have to dig more.


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Hello people, I have an external 500 gigs drive with over 100 gigs free and a partition on a RAID 0 with 500 gigs free. I was trying to copy a folder with 25 gigs of data from my external hard drive to my 500 gigs partition, until at about copying 2.5 gigs, Windows shows up a warning saying that there is not enough disk space and that the file (was 500 Kb...) could not be copied. I skipped it and kept doing the same thing for every subsequent file... whats my computer's problem? I have WIndows Vista Home.

A:Solved: "There is not enough disk space" warning

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I'm getting the Low Disk Space message in Windows XP. Well, DUH...I knew that I was running out of room, so I bought an external hard drive with more space than I'll ever fill. Like an idiot...when I got the external.....I just went to folders...sometimes programs and used "send to" the now G: drive. Yes, I know, that was STUPID! Many of the same files are duplicated, etc so that they were copied and sent....not actually MOVED. Some of my programs don't even work correctly anymore.

I know that I can do a system restore....but I'm almost afraid that it might crash my pc. What is the easiest way to fix this problem and put everything else, except my bare essentials, on the bigger drive?


A:The dreaded "Low Disk Space" message

bumping this hoping to get some help

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"Not enough memory to run microsoft excel. Please close other programs and try again"
So this morning I tried to open up excel, and this message comes up. Same happens for word.
Then I try and open it again and it wants to run in safe mode, and then the same problem happens.
Then I open it again and it says "Excel failed to launch in safe mode. Do you want to start Detect and Repair?"
So I run that and it says setup completed successfully. But I try and open it and I get the original "not enough memory" message, and it's just a big loop.

I have enough memory, 3GB and I'm using office 2007 on windows 7.
It's been running fine since this morning.

A:"There is not enough memory or disk space to run excel"

How about diskspace that's ' memory' too.
The environment settings voor %TEMP% could be invalid?

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I frequently get a notice that the disk space on my D drive is low and asking me if I want to clear up some space by using the cleaning utility that came with Windows XP Home Edition. This disk is my secondary drive and I know the space is low. Is there a way that I can get rid of this annoying notice that appears on my screen every so often? Thanks.

A:Solved: Notice of "Low Disk Space"

Hi referee07,

The "clean up unnecessary files" is safe to use. You can also add
choices in the list of what's to be deleted. You can also safely
remove all temporary files... Search for "*.tmp" (without quotes)
and delete those.

Also the trash bin standard setting is 10% of your drive. I would
adjust that downward to 2 % on all drives.

And, of course, you can delete some things that you really don't
need, or put them on a CD if you have a burner. Hope that helps.

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Hello Guys and Girls,

My wireless internet connections are currently set to a manually configured status, but this means I am having problems connecting to other wireless connections with free (ie unsecured) connections. I have tried going to properties and ticking the "Let Windows configure my wireless network settings", but I get a dialogue box coming up telling me that not all of my changes have been made.

Any ideas? Thank you in advance.


A:Solved: Changing wireless connection status from "Manually Configured" back to "Automatic"

Why don't we start with the make/model of the wireless router in use, as well as the wireless adapter or laptop brand. Also, what version and patch level of Windows do you use?

If you have XP-SP2, you can set the machine back to installation defaults using the following procedure.

TCP/IP stack repair options for use with Windows XP with SP2.

For these commands, Start, Run, CMD to open a command prompt.

Reset WINSOCK entries to installation defaults: netsh winsock reset catalog

Reset TCP/IP stack to installation defaults. netsh int ip reset reset.log

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One of my users was working in Corel Word Perfect 9.0 and experience an "out of disk space" error when she tried to save her work (just a small document). She was working over our TCP/IP network using Win2000 terminal server and saving to a Linux file server. I was at the server so I was able to save the file with a different name but I can't figure why she would get that error as there is plenty of space on the Linux server. Has anyone ever seen this before? Thanks

A:"out of disk space" error

Just a wild guess but is there possibly a setting somewhere that may limit the amount of storage space a user can use, on a user by user basis? If so, you may just need to increase the setting for that user.

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I have a Compaq Presario with Windows XP Home Edition. I keep receiving the above message. How do I get rid of it? Yes, I know it means I don't have enough disk space on my D Drive, but how do I fix it? It won't defragment because it needs more space (I have only 45 mgs.) My D Drive is solely for Restore so I cannot delete files from there. Can I enlarge the D Drive?

Thanks, gb

A:"Low Disk Space D Drive"

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I keep getting "Low disk space" messages about one of my partitions.

First of all, what is the point of this message? I can see why it would be useful for the system drive, but for all other drives why would anyone worry about filling up a drive?

More importantly, how can I disable this message from persistently popping up every day?

A:What are "Low disk space" messages for?

Hello Marty,

It's basically just a warning to let you know that the disk/partition is extremely low on free space. This is to warn you to either clear space or get a bigger storage device soon since you could lose data, possibly everything, on the hard drive if you run out of space on it.

The tutorial below can help show you how to disable the "Low disk space" message. Low Disk Space Warning in Vista
Hope this helps,

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Hi everyone,

I've been having this prblem for several months but recently it has been getting worse. I'm working on an Dell Optiplex gx280 windows xp professional sp2. Here is the problem, while I'm working on my computer (doesn't matter what I'm doing) I will get an error msg "low disk space" flash on my screen, then my monitor will shut off, but the power light on the computer stays on (sometimes flashing). I'd have to power it off and turn it back on and it would log in normally. This morning it happened 3 times, please help. Thank you in advance.


A:"low disk space" error

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Hi Everyone,

i am using CRichEditCtrl::GetLine() function to read the text from a dialog.
If my text contains any space character then it is throwing improper argument error and the application getting closed in vista only.....
What is the actual problem ????? why it is happening with vista only...?

Please suggest

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Dear Experts,

I have created windows image on Drive F: but delete it after some time manually due to some space prob.
But while backup shows about 40 GB only few GB space got free after deletion. When i try to again take the the backup using windows 7 backup & restore option, its still shows 35 Gb of System Image in drive F: when i brows the Manage Disc Space option but i cant find it on the same drive. (Plz see attached pic)
Plz help me to locate this and delete the same.


A:Cant find "System Image" of 36 GB but its shows on "Manage Disc Space"

Hello sattyaji, and welcome to Seven Forums.

It may still be showing if the system image was created as part of a Windows backup. Using the tutorial below to reset Windows Backup should clear it for you, but you will need to set up your backup again afterwards.

Backup User and System Files - Reset to Default Configuration

Hope this helps,

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Does anybody know how I can change these icons?

I changed the default icon for the network one in HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{F02C1A0D-BE21-4350-88B0-7367FC96EF3C} but it didn't change.
Appreciate any help,


A:Changing "Computer" and "Network" icons in explorer navigation pane

Hello, and welcome to Seven Forums.

If you like, you could use the method in the tutorial below to change the icon of "Computer" and "Network" to what you like, and have it applied everywhere in Windows.

Desktop Icons - Change or Restore Default Icon

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ie9 new browser opens "blank" windows 7. Changing it to "home" doesn't last if you shut down. Next session, it still opens "blank"

A:ie9 new browser opens "blank" windows 7. Changing it to "home" doesn't

Welcome to Seven Forums bobbot11. Help us understand. When you 1st open IE, it opens to a blank page instead of your home page? Or is opening new tabs that open a blank tab? Or is opening a new window that opens a blank window?

If IE is opening to a blank page instead of a home page you have set, try re-registering IE.

Download the IE Restorator, and choose Re-register 32 bit IE in (whichever version your OS is) W7

SF IE Restorator - Troubleshooting General Issues with IE

See if that helps. A Guy

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Please can somebody help with this minor but annoying matter. When turning on my business computer one morning, the space bar and return/enter buttons are visable when i type emails, but when i send them, they are not. I know its a setting, but can anyone tell me what setting and how to turn it off?


A:[SOLVED] "Space bar" and "return/enter" are visual on emails! Help

You need to tell us what email client you use as these days not everyone uses the built-in one.

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In Word and Excel, when you type "2000", the program automatically changes it to "2001". I have tried changing the regional date system to .../yyyy, with no avail. I have many workstations, and this is the only one with the problem. I also tried re-installing the program, but nothing seems to work.

A:Microsoft Office changing year "2000" to "2001"

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Hi Guys, any ideas how to access my external hard drive [TOSHIBA MK3029GACE] device manager can see it but it does not appear in disc management.

I use this HDD perfectly in my car HDD player. But when I try to connect it to my Laptop, it does not show up in disk management.

Please check the attached screen shot..

Thanks for the help....

A:HDD shows in "Device Manager" but not in "DiskPart"or" Disk Management

Specs show that drive has a ATA-6 interface (P-ATA, or IDE). How are you connecting this drive to your laptop? Does the laptop have a PATA or SATA connection? Does it use an adapter?

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I changed my outlook email .ost file to open with auto cad by mistake. Initially it was opening with an Unknown application. How can I enable it to open with an unknown application again? please help

A:changing an ".ost"file to open with "unknown" application

You can try this tutorial and see if it helps.

Default File Type Associations - Restore

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I downloaded the game in Winrar format on the desktop and when I tried to extract it to specific folder,I have this error message:-

There is not enough space on disk
Write error: only NTFS file system supports files larger than 4 GB

On my local C: drive I have more than 15 GB available.What do i do now?
Help is very much appreciated.

A:"not enough space on disk"???

Your hard disk is FAT32 format? The problem is that the file is larger then 4 gigs, so a FAT32 HD can't handle it, what u need to do is reformat ur computer so its NTSF. Except that means you will lose everything on your drive I think

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I have a virus that eats up all of my available disk space. I have deleted most of my programs, and after the deletions are done, the space I made available fills right back up again. I ran (online) Norton/Symantec, trend micro house call, and AVG. I had to do it online since I need more disk space to run a resident virus program. The only way I can stop the monster from filling up any space made avalable is to delete a program and come up in safe mode. As soon as I reboot to full windows , the space I made availabe fills up. It seems to leave at least 170 to 200 Meg available. The PC is a Dell laptop with a 10 gig drive. And at this point, few programs!

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Can anyone suggest a remedy, please?
I recently ran a full PC recovery from my back up DVD-ROM disks. This was about the fifth time I've had to do it, due to infections, etc.
I have 3 recovery disks, but it only ran disc 1, and never asked me to put in the other two...
When I rebooted, I soon realized that I only had 1 or 2 GB of free space.
The C: drive is around 80GB in size and obviously should not be this full.
I suspect it may have to do with the partitioning, or something I did in my previous 4 system restores...
By the way, the last time my HP crashed (about 2 months ago), I got fed up with Windows and tried to install Linux, but I was never able to figure out the code or process necessary for Linux to run my wireless driver, and couldn't connect to the internet, so I reluctantly just re-installed Windows from the disc.
Can anyone help, please?

A:help with "Low Disk space"

Why not scan your hard disk with a disk space utility like showsize( See what you come up with. You will be able to see the largest folders on the folder sizes report and the largest file on the Only files report (if you sort on Size column).

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hi. i'm new here. nice to meet all of you!
just like a lot of folks i'm sure, i've come here because there are some weird things running on my pc that shouldnt be in there.
please help!!!!!!

heres the hijack log
(thanks in advance. i don't know much about this computer virus stuff.)

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 10:06:40 AM, on 9/5/2006
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Dantz\Retrospect\retrorun.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\Update_OB\realsched.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.5.0_01\bin\jusched.exe
C:\Program Files\Zone Labs\ZoneAlarm\zlclient.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Verizon Online\ConnMgr\cmisrv.exe
C:\Program Files\Windows Media Components\Encoder\Wmencagt.exe
C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Verizon Online\AppMgr\vz... Read more

A:"windows no disk" and "winsilly" "win956temp"

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Hey everyone, here is my serious problem.

Unfortunately, I was stupid enough to let my "Free Space" on my entire computer get to less than 5 GB left. It may possibly have been at 4 or 3 GB, actually.

My computer then froze, and I went to restart it. However, it would just take me to the blue screen of death. I've tried booting it up in every way I could think of, in normal mode, in Safe Mode, with the "Repair Windows" option, and everything else. My computer will simply not get past the "Loading" screen.

On the blue screen of death, it does say "Check to see if you have adequate disk space", so I am guessing that is a big part of the problem.

But here's my question. How do I free up disk space when my computer cannot even run?

*Note: I've tried going on the BIOS and Advanced Start Up, but I can't seem to find any options that would help with my situation..*

A:BSOD: Cannot start up normally, cannot start up in Safe Mode, "Inadequate Disk Space"


Use Ubuntu to free the space.

You can get it from here:

Step #2 on that page shows you how to create the USB/CD.

Then once you boot into it (choose the option where it just runs off the USB/CD) you can use it to delete your files or to copy them from the Windows Drive to an external hard drive (Note: Do not copy anything to the Ubuntu Filesystem as it will not be saved on shut-down)


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I have almost 2 Gb of music on my computer that I'd hate to lose. And hate to have to rebuy or redownload too.

So what I'm wondering is... can I back up all that music on 3-4 700mb disks as a data disk instead of making a 70 minute music disk?

I have Sonic RecordNow that I use for music burning and data backup. I'm just wondering if it is possible to back up 1/3 of it in a folder as a data disk, and do the same for the other parts.

Possible? Would this work?

It would make much more sense to have 4 disks that although you could not PLAY them in a CD player as the songs would be stored in a folder on it, to just be able to copy them out onto another computer instead of making 20+ audio CD's.

Would my idea work? Help me out guys...

A:Backing up music as a "data" disk instead of a "audio" disk? Possible?

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Hi all,

Sorry to repeat a question I see a lot of instances of, but none of those seem to be addressing my problem correctly.

I have not done anything new to my computer in recent days, so this problem has caught me off guard (I see most instances of this problem come after upgrading to Windows 7, I have had Win 7 installed for a while now).

Here is a summary of my problem:
1) My computer recently got stuck on the "Starting Windows Screen." So I manually held the power button to reboot.
2) On reboot, it said there was a need to run a startup repair, which I did. Everything checked fine, except for the last one which said "System Volume on Disk is Corrupted," which it claimed to have successfully fixed.
3) After rebooting from repair, the system gets stuck on "Starting Windows Screen" for a good 10-15 minutes, after which it runs a registry check. After it completes that I get hopeful -- but the screen then gets stuck on an all black screen with just the mouse cursor and nothing more.
4) Additional note: Attempting to start the computer on "safe mode" leads safe mode startup to become stalled on "DRIVERS\CLASSPNP.SYS"
5) The lastest attempt to repair yielded this message: "Startup repair cannot repair this computer automatically.
Problem event Name: Startup Repair Offline
Problem signature 01: 6.1.7600.16385
02: 6.1.7600.16385
03: uknown
04: 21201099
05" AutoFailover
06: 2
07: Corrupt Volume
OS Version: 6.1.7600.... Read more

A:Stuck on "Starting Windows", Repair Shows "System Volume on Disk is Corrupted"

Hi Stan, Hopefully I can help you out....or at least lead you in the right direction. From my experience, the symptoms you are suggesting sound like perhaps a dying Hard drive.

1. Do you have the windows 7 boot disks that came with your computer or when you bought the Operating System? If so, you could try and insert one of those and boot from it, and attempt to repair the installation. (this won't affect your data, only the windows system files).

2. If that doesn't fix it, you could try a fresh reinstall of windows 7, and see if that works.

3. If neither of those work, its likely that because of the fact that when windows is repairing itself, it is generally putting copies of its system files in the same physical location on your disk. Because your disk is obviously not completely dead, ie....its still loading to the windows 7 startup screen, its just copying files to the bad sectors on your hard drive and gets stuck when loading. This is especially my guess because you said Safe mode is having same problems, even after attempting to repair. In the past, I've tried and salvage a disk by reformatting it and only leaving on partitions which do not contain the bad clusters. This takes some time, and some guess work.....and really this is only a "bandaid" fix because once the disk has bad clusters, its only a matter of time before these things give out. You wouldn't want to trust your important data on it anyways....

I hope this leads you in ... Read more

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hello, let's just get to the point, i had this problem recently where my pc can load windows, it keep looping
pc's on - booting - then "Windows Loading Files" - restart
it's infinite i don't know what to do, i don't have a cd rom, and i can't reinstall my windows from USB because every time i tried it says : "disk error" or "disk read error"
even after i burn it to USB correctly, tried this on other pc and USB can load just fine.
i'm thinking, it's something wrong with my boot system in System Reserved, is there anyway i can do to fix this?

A:"Windows Loading Files" infinite loop, Can't Boot USB "disk error"


Have you tried changing the boot sequence inside the BIOS?

Normally pressing F2 or F12 on the computer will solve this.

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Hello, TSG!

Just yesterday I was using the computer normally until I got a Blue Screen. Getting a blue screen is usually something normal that occurs to my every so often, so I didn't mind it and rebooted the computer normally. However, I got two more blue screens within the next hour. The 3rd time rebooting, my computer starts to act strange as if it had a virus. Upon powering up the monitor would just display a black screen with two lines about something --- which I don't remember, sorry --- and stayed like that unless I plugged out the power cord or held on the power button to shut down. Then when after a few tries it boots and displays a message "Floppy Disk Failure" and "Drive 1 not found: Serial ATA, SATA-1" (and the same message for Drives 2 and 3) show up. Also it asks me to continue loading by pressing the F1 Key.

When Windows loads the first time, it displays a message saying a bunch of hardware has just been installed and ready for use. Also, my internal clock resetted itself back to Monday, November 07, 2005 (Which, if I recall, is the date when I got the computer) and my speakers do not work.

TL;DR Version
3 blue screens within a short time
Floppy disk fail
Drivers 1-3 not found: Serial ATA, SATA-1-3

Anyway, I browsed through Google but I haven't seen anyone with both problems. I disabled my Floppy Disk Drive and that message doesn't show up anymore, but the others do and my computer still isn't fixed. I ran a vir... Read more

A:Solved: "Floppy Disk Failure" and "Drive 1 not found" problem

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I have a big problem here,
I have used my hard disk for 9month,
Yesterday when I watched movie on the half way,
My hard disk suddenly disfuntion,
And I thought my laptop problem due to always lagging so I restart my computer.
But after that I can't read my hard disk (WD)in my computer.
It can read in computer management there.

Ways I try:
1)I try to uninstall and reinstalled again,BUT it doesn't work.
2)I try to unchecked the hide folder and device at view.
3)I try to update the software BUT it still disfunction.
4)I try to use disk management and initialized it BUT there appeared CANNOT INITIALIZED Due to I/O device error.

Any solution for me ?

A:Hard Disk can't read in "my computer ", "initialized",I/O device error

The most usual cause is that the Hard Drive is beginning to fail. Back up your stuff. Go to the website of the manufacturer and test the drive.

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I can't "extend" my "C" Drive even tho there is free space??
I have 251GB free and I cant add it to my C OS drive?

A:I can't "extend" my "C" Drive even tho there is free space??

The Free Space is in an Extended partition.
Right click on the free space and delete the Extended partition. You can then extend the C partition into the Unallocated space released.

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Hi all!  Every so often I get a user (and it is usually the same users) that call with an issue that they cannot download files.  Doesn't matter what type of file.  But when they click download they will get a pop up that the system doesn't
recognize the file and the file name is changed to whatever_exe instead of whatever.exe.
Same thing happens with our auto launch java program.  All of the sudden IE will change the file extension to _jnlp and is then unreadable.  This is not a system wide problem, it is profile specific.
The only fix that I have found is to do a reset of IE from the advanced page (IE options, advanced, reset, then restart machine)
It is great that I finally found a "fix" for it, but I would love to know what the user is doing to cause this to happen!  They have no clue.  Any ideas what causes this???

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Hi guys. I'm new here. I've tried to read all the discussion about how to fix the unallocated hard drive but I just can't understand it as the cases were pretty much different than I'm facing of.

Here's my problem.
Yesterday my external hard drive seems normal, everything is fine, until there's a blackout and I have to put "sleep" to my laptop. After the power got back, the hard drive suddenly gone and when I check the list of drives under "Disk Management", it showed up as "Disk 1 - Unallocated".

(I've attached screenshots here for your viewing)

My external hard drive is WD My Passport 1TB. It contains a lot of valuable data I cannot afford to lose. I really hope there's a way to fix this, and once I get back all of those precious data I will buy another HD to transfer them ASAP because I cant let this happen to me again.

Your help is so, very much appreciated.
Any questions regarding my problem, let me know. I'll provide all of the details you guys need.

1) I've tried TestDisk but on the "Analyse" process, it says "read error"
2) I've changed cable, but the situation remains the same.
3) I've tried Recuva, but it doesnt recognize my external drive.

A:WD EXTERNAL HARD DISK 1TB suddenly "unallocated" and "not initialized"


First don't mess up with the WD drive settings.. download partition wizard 7 (its free)..then .. open it wizard(menu) .. select partition recovery wizard.. and it will find the partitions on it i think.. that way you can recover your partition that has been lost.

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I have four external drives (FAT32) and opened Partition Magic a couple of days ago. It said one drive was "BAD". MS Disk Administrator says drive is "Healthy".

I am able to access this drive through Windows Explorer and do anything I want with the data. This appears to be a false reading by Partition Magic but I am not completely convinced of this because it has been such a good program for many years.

Do you think I have a failing drive?

A:Partition Magic says drive "BAD". Disk Administrator says "Healthy"

I wouldn't trust either program. Find out the manufacturer of the hard drive and download their hard drive diagnostics. The manufacturer's own tests should give you a much better idea if its in good shape or not.

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i want make a dvd disk for my compaq recovery, but it always shows "this is not a blank disk, please insert a blank dvd?". wut should i do to get a recovery dvd? (i have updated my drive, but nothing useful. i have tested my burner with nero, it works fine.)

A:"compaq Recovery Cd/dvd Creator"!!! why it always shows "this is not a blank disk"?

plz help!!!

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My hard drive not showing in "my computer" or "Disk Management" but is showing under device manager. I got the hard drive from a friend and his dad had put a Password encryption on it. Any Ideas?

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Earlier today I tried to dual boot my hard drive to run both Windows 7 and Ubuntu. I wasn't able to do it properly (I must have done some wrong steps, I'm new to all this stuff and didn't realize how complicated partitioning was... ah.) and now my hard drive is left with "free space" (15GB, I think its an extended partition) and "unallocated space" (38GB, not sure what kind of partition it is) alongside my C drive (primary), Lenovo Recovery partition (primary), and something called "SYSTEM_DRV" (primary).

I think the "free space" is extended because when I try and create a new volume with the "unallocated space", I'm denied and a window pops up saying I have too many primary partitions.

The option to 'delete partition' for the "free space" is available but if I select it, a warning window pops up (included in thumbnail below).

What I'd like to do is reformat the "free space" and "unallocated space" in some way that it can be used/merged to the C drive.

I've included a screen cap of my HD in Disk Manager below.

A:"Free space" and "unallocated space" on HD - what can I do with this?

Hello again mate.

If you delete the "Free Space" it will become unallocated space that you can extend the C: partition partition into.

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In Windows XP, fully updated, I have several folders full of mp3's and want to see the bit rate and duration. I right click on a column heading and select "Bit rate". I then click on "More..." so I can get to "Duration", and I select that one too.

But all the figures in the "Duration" column appear to be in "hours" and "minutes", so I see "00:04" or "00:03", but what I want is "minutes" and "seconds".

Any thoughts as to how to change this?

A:Solved: Windows Explorer "Duration" Column - no "Seconds", just "Hours" and "Minutes"

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Hi all,

First off, thank you for reading. Please help if you do know a fix, and if not, thank you for looking!

I am posting here to see if I simply need to set a setting differently.

A desktop computer I built for a friend, who also had me build one for his friend, is having issues with one to two random reboots a day. I had him take a photo of the error message that he was getting. Here it is.

Here is the link if the photo doesn't work for you:

This computer shows a battery icon, that is full, in the tray in the lower right. That seems weird since it is plugged in, however I read somewhere that if a comp. has a UPS plugged in that Vista shows the battery level on the computer. It did it's reboot thing when I was there once, and the UPS beeps twice and the light turns orange. Funny thing is though, with this recovery thing running it just brings windows back up, just like a temporary blip in service. It def. powers down though.

So my initial thought is, well, it's gotta be the backup power supply. So I had him plug into a surge protector that was connected to the wall for a day to see if he got reboots, and he did. So that tested to see if it gives a battery error even if the computer is plugged into the wall, and it does. This shouldn't be a CMOS battery problem, because it happens everyday, and works fine in the inbetween...but am I wrong? The real kicker with all of this is that... Read more

A:Solved: A desktop, plugged in, gives "critical level" battery error?

Update! It rebooted when plugged into a power bar, AND when the USB cable was still attached to it. He is testing without the USB connected.

So without the power connected to UPS, but with the data connected, it still messed up.

Does this help?

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Please help as I've been searching everywhere for the solution to this problem for the past 2 days (and nights-=)...

I have a:

Dell Dimension E521
AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual
Core Processor 4000+
2.10Ghz, 3Gb Ram
Windows XP Home v2002 SP3.
I recently installed a new WD500gb hard drive to go along with the original WD250GB one.

I backed up some information to the new drive using NovaBackup (I originally tried to backup with Acronis but prefered the Novabackup interface and hence uninstalled Acronis. I also installed Comodo Firewall on that day.

Everything was fine. I wanted to keep the new drive unaccessible to other users on this computer so I installed Faronics DeepFreeze as well as a "disk lock" type of program whose name I do not remember right now. Again, I was not convinced by either of the two software titles being what I wanted, so I uninstalled them both. Everything seemed normal, though.

The other day I tried to check the calendar. When I double clicked it I got the "You do not have the proper privilege level to change the system time" error message.

As mentioned, I've tried every solution I found online, including running Reset.cmd off of subinacl.msi, clearing security events records, and installing/running gpedit but to no avail. gpedit didn't show the keys / values for Security Settings under Local Policies and I do not know how to create them - I found the gpedit instructions here which would have fixed the problem (suppose... Read more

A:Suddenly "You do not have the proper privilege level to change the system time"

Alhamdulillah - I found help here and was able to solve the issue:

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I recently had my computer crash due to a TROJAN virus and at that time I had Windows XP service pack 3 which my computer man installed for me. After being infected I had to completely reinstall EVERY thing on my computer taking my computer back down to Service Pack 1 the only operating disks I had. Now when I do a Disk Clean Up, it doesn't have the option to "Compress Old Files." Can some one please tell me why this option is not there and how I could go about fixing this. Thank you.

A:"COMPRESS OLD FILES" not and option in my "Disk Clean Up"

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A 3.5" external hard drive connected to my Windows XP machine via USB 2.0 has a "disappearing" and "reappearing" partition problem.

After the external drive is turned on, all four partitions on it will be displayed. Very soon, they will all disappear in Windows Explorer. After a brief moment, they will reappear along with a USB-symbol icon in the taskbar, which brings up a "Hi-speed USB Device Attached to non-Hi-speed Hub" warning suggesting that I use free Hi-speed USB ports (indicated in bold).

My computer's USB ports are all USB 2.0 and I've tried attaching the external drive to different ports on the machine, all with the same result.

Would anyone hazard a guess as to the likely cause of this problem:
(1) Failed (or failing) USB controller on the external enclosure?
(2) Failing power supply to the xeternal enclosure?
(3) Corrupted partition table on the drive?
(4) Failed (or failing) USB controller on the mobo?
(5) Any other cause?

The enclosure also has an eSATA port. When connected via eSATA (or USB 2.0) to another computer, no such problem appears.

Thanks in advance!

A:Hard disk partitions "disappearing" and "reappearing"

xp will loose drives when its having problems accessing them probably due to the usb 2.0 , a pci adapter would be better for you

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I am running Windows XP SP3, fully updated, on an Acer lap top PC.

I have several folders full of .mp3's and want to see the bit rate and duration. To do this I right click on a column heading and select "Bit rate". I then click on "More..." so I can get to "Duration", and I select that one too.

The two new columns appear, but the format of the "Duration" column appears to be "hours:minutes", so I see "00:04" or "00:03" for most .mp3's, when what I want to see is 'hours:minutes:seconds", e.g. "00:03:45".

This also happens for video files (.avi files), e.g. all my episodes of "Heroes" (sad, I know) have a duration of "00:42" instead of "00:42:xx".

Here are two pictures showing the problem with the .mp3's. The first is of Explorer showing the Duration as "Hours:Minutes":

The second picture is of the properties window of the first .mp3 in the list above:

I copied some .mp3 files to another (old) PC on my home network, and it displayed the duration field correctly:

Also, the properties window correctly shows the duration also:

I'm not the only person to have this problem. I received a private message from a member of another forum where I posted about this problem several weeks ago. That person also has the same problem with the duration field.

The tech guys on that forum were unable to find the source... Read more

A:Windows Explorer "Duration" Column - no "Seconds", just "Hours" and "Minutes"

* bump *

Tricky, this one!

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Hi I have got a problem here.
Firstly look at my laptop's config.

Dell Inspiron 1520, Core2 duo, 3 GB ram, 320GB HDD ....... etc.
Recently my Hard Disk was crashed and I baught a new one today. I replaced the 320GB, 5400rpm 8MB cache Toshiba Hard disk to Segate Hard disk SATA 7200 rpm 16MB cache. When I tried to install drivers... 1520_A03 Inspiron 1520 for System BIOS did not work. I got an error message "this bios does not support the level of hardware in this system"

How can i fix this. I successfully installed XP Operating system on the new hard disk and successfully installed all other driver softwares.

A:"this bios does not support the level of hardware in this system"

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Using XPS15 L502X, on start up it's saying "Manufacturing Mode press Fn-X (level 01), Press Fn-X to return the system to normal running mode", and the fan is permanently blowing..., and every time a key is pressed it makes a beep sound...., also when the laptop is turned off if I plug the power cord into the back of the laptop it will automatically boot up without pressing the power button!
Not sure if it's related, last night when I stood up to get off the couch a pillow under my arm sprung up and knocked my laptop off the armrest and fell 1 metre to the floor...
What is the cause of this?, and how do I fix it?

A:start up is saying "Manufacturing Mode press Fn-X (level 01)"


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Hi All,

I am new to Windows 8, which I am using with a non-touch screen so I am dependent on the mouse for controlling actions. The Start Screen has enough items on it to require me to scroll across to see them all, even when grouped. I would like to be able to have a second (lower level) screen which opens when I click on an item in the main Start Screen. For example, Microsoft Office has about 8 programs within it (Word, Excel, etc) and at present these are all separate items on my Start Screen. Is it possible to have just one tile on the Start Screen (labelled MS Office) which, when clicked, leads to another screen on which the eight programs appear?

Alternatively, (and this perhaps should be a separate thread) is it possible to have separate icons for these programs on the Desktop (but not in the Taskbar). I noticed that some programs which I installed appear on both the Start Screen and the Desktop, while others only appear on the Start Screen.

Thanks in advance for any assistance.


A:A Lower Level "Start" Screen

Hello Robert

This is unfortunaly impossible to do, you can however make the icon's small, then 4 icons will fit in the place where normally 1 tile was. See the screenshot as example.

You can do this by rightclicking the tile and clicking on Adjust Scale.

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I am limited to a title length of 58 characters.. Here's a better title:
Audio level reverts to "48" intermittently after being set to zero.


Surface 3, Windows 8.1


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Hi all,

I've just had a new computer yesterday. Everything is up and running, but when I installed my new Panda Titanium 2006, it says "Protection Level: LOW". It's the Protection against known threads that's having the problem. It sudgests restarting the computer, or if problems persist, to re-install Panda.

I have restarted many times and have re-installed the program 3 times, but it wont get up to HIGH protection.

Has anyone had this problem or does anyone know how to fix it.

I've tried getting help from Panda's website, but you can't contact anyone, and their troubleshooting doesn't help.

I would be most greatful if anyone can help.

Thanks in advance.

A:New PANDA antivirus saying "Protection Level: LOW"

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I need help with this Diskette issue please. "Diskette Drive 0 Seek Failure"
I've had this problem a few times in a couple of years and I have been able to fix the error by pressing F2 and going to the SETUP. And I've done this with no issues. But this time I thought I fixed it but now I get this new error: "A disk read error occurred Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart". After I press Ctrl+Alt+Del it takes me back to the same error massage "A disk read error occurred Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart". Need help please. This is a Dell Desktop, Windows XP.
Thank you.


A:"Diskette Drive 0 Seek Failure" Error Then "A disk read error occurred Press Ctrl..."

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I have added a SATA drive to my Vista machine that was once loaded with Win XP, the Device Manager does pick it up as well as Disk Management, but under Disk Management it states the drive is "Unknown" and "unreadable" I also do not have any options once I right click on the "Unallocated" area.

I just want this disk formatted and used as extra storage, I did load the Vista DVD and tried to load it on this disk but I got an error as well.

A:"Unknown" and "Unreadable" disk drive

Download and run the disk manufacturer's utility to partition and format this drive. That should find the drive and do the job for you.

You didn't say what brand of drive it was, so I can't point you to the utility, but you can find it with a search of the manufacturer.

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I have added a SATA drive to my Vista machine that was once loaded with Win XP, the Device Manager does pick it up as well as Disk Management, but under Disk Management it states the drive is "Unknown" and "unreadable" I also do not have any options once I right click on the "Unallocated" area.

I just want this disk formatted and used as extra storage, I did load the Vista DVD and tried to load it on this disk but I got an error as well.

This drive works fine if I put it back in the machine it came from.

A:"Unknown" and "Unreadable" disk drive

Check BIOS settings for RAID and SATA. It may need to be tweaked.

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Newbie here. I have searched around for a while but have not found a post with my exact situation.

I just installed a new Seagate Momentus 500gb (7200rpm) SATA drive in my Lenovo X61 laptop and have been working on a installation of Windows7 Ultimate.

Not realizing this was an upgrade install disk, I tried to install Win7. I didn't know about the clean install method, so I started over with an installation of WinXP (slipstreamed to deal with the SATA drive).

Next, I ran the Custom Installation upgrade to Win7.

So far, it seems to be working ok.

However, the Local Drive is D: instead of C:. The System Reserved drive in labeled C:. Should I be concerned? Should/Can I change this?

Attached are screenshots of Disk Management and explorer window.

Thank you for any info.

A:"System Reserved (C:)" and "Local Disk (D:)" ??

Try removing the System Reserved drive letter in Disk Management to see if Win7 claims C instead. It sometimes works.

There is no reason you can't operate with Win7 as D even though it is meant to always assume the C letter unless it's installer is run from another OS.

But if you do I would not allow a drive letter for SysReserved as programs can write to and corrupt it, especially the ability to make Win7 backup images.

Now that you know you can clean install Win7 without needing XP on the HD, I would strongly consider booting the installer to do a Custom install, choose Drive Options to Delete all partitions, Create new as you wish, then Format before installing to first partition after SysReserved it will create for you. The installer will see an OS at boot to allow use of Upgrade version key upfront during install.

Here are tips to get a perfect reinstall - use the ones which apply: Clean Reinstall steps

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WHat is that My participation Level thing?!!? I dotn get it!!!

A:Kazaa "My participation Level"

It's the ratio of uploads to downloads.

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A directory called ""$UPGRADE.~OS" has appeared under C:\ on my machine. I suspect this is due to windows preparing to upgrade me to win 10, although I have not installed the KBs that do that.

I see on the internet that folks have asked about this dir in the past, even 7 years ago (with no intelligent answers), so it must be something that windows creates when it is getting ready to do an upgrade.

So, my questions:

1. Why did this suddenly appear (2 days ago), at an hour that I was not doing updates?

2. What are the consequences if I delete this dir? (It is over 1GB.) For example, will windows at some future time just spend hours thrashing about to just recreate it?



A:"$UPGRADE.~OS" dir has appeared at C:\ top level ??

Yep win-10 is here and the preparation updates have been installed
As far as a intelligent reply I have no idea
Scared and Very Confused - Windows 10

But here's a list of the prep updates
How to remove Windows 10 upgrade updates in Windows 7 and 8
All except this one is not related to 10

wusa /uninstall /kb:971033 /quiet /norestart

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I'm about to rebuild a drive and the nature of its downfall is really disconcerting, and I have questions about wiping & reformatting.
The drive is a highly rated [by real people] Hitachi 100GB 7200rpm notebook drive.
I formatted it previously just letting windows do its thing [not quick format, just regular]. It ran fine for the user for about 3 months, then I get a call that it won't boot. Sure enough, windows was damaged to the point it wouldn't boot. I tried to reconstruct the clumsy way so as not to lose any important files but I don't like the result so I am about to totally nuke it and start from scratch.

Good smart people seem to disagree over formatting options:
1. "Low Level" formatting seems like a good idea, except that all drives are not the same so nobody seems happy with "one utility for all drives". But not all makers have, clearly, a "low level format" utility for each discrete class/type drive they ship.
So ???
2. If not low-level, is it wise to just let Windows 7 installer format the drive? Is there a better way to do it? Is the format utility housed under "Disk Management" identical to the one on the Win7 install DVD? If not, why not?
3. Is there, actually, some far/clearly superior 3rd party utility that is shown to render a superior drive format for installing the OS?
4. On a conventional SATA drive like this, is alignment necessary, and if so, done after the OS is config'd? or prior to?
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A:The value of true "Low-Level" formatting of HDD?

We have had this debate here: Diskpart Clean All debate thread

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After performing a search for an item/folder, it's really annoying that I can't simply click on a button to go up levels/folders after finding the item I searched for. As it is now, I have to click on "View > Go to > Up one level" every time I want to go up a level.

A:Can I create a "Up one level" button?

Hi Maleko333,

I thought that at first using Windows 7 too, but when you figure out how to use the new address bar to access the folder tree, it makes a lot more sense! To see what I mean, read ScottW's post in this thread: How to show the "Up" button on Windows 7? How-To Geek Forums


Windows Outreach Team

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