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SSD upgrade Problem "the selected GPT formatted disk contains ...."

Q: SSD upgrade Problem "the selected GPT formatted disk contains ...."

I have a Toshiba Portege Z830 that came with a single 128GB SSD.

I want to upgrade the SSD to 500GB (Samsung 840 EVO mSATA).

So I attached an external HDD and a RW DVD, created a system image backup and a system repair disk after which I shut down and swapped the SSD, rebooted, restored and everything is working as it did before.

However, now the new SSD is installed through the disk computer management's disk management facility it is showing 4 partitions and an unallocated partition of 346GB.

When I try to format the unallocated partition I get the following error message.

"the selected GPT formatted disk contains a partition which is not of type 'PARTITION_BASIC_DATA_GUID' and is both preceded and followed by a partition type 'PARTITION_BASIC_DATA_GUID' "

The four partitions showing are:

1.46GB Healthy (Active, Recovery Partition)
8GB Healthy(Hibernation Partition)
11.85GB Healthy (Primary Partition)
97.93GB Healthy(Boot Page File, Crash Dump, Primary Partition)

If I click on the 97GB partition it won't allow me to expand the volume only shrink it.

Looking up that error on the Internet it would seem that I need to convert the SSD to a MBR format, but it also seems to suggest that you can only then have a maximum of 4 partitions and I am assuming I need at least 5.

Although all the references to this error seem to refer to MBR there is nothing displayed that confirms that the existing partitions are usng a MBR format so I am not 100% certain that this is the same problem.

It also appears that I can convert the SSD to a GBT disk, although I suspect the new SSD disk is already formatted as GBT.

Converting the SSD to MBR or GBT seems to be a destructive process and I'm concerned that as this is my only disk if I attempt to convert the disk to either MBR or GBT using DISKPART it will crash the system as it is going to wipe all the data.

Can anyone offer any advice?

Can anyone confirm that this is a problem to do with MBR and GBT formatting?

Is there something simple I can do to resolve this problem?

My uneducated feeling is that I need to keep the disk as GBT but if I try to wipe everything will I loose the system as this is the primary and only disk and not a secondary disk.

If I am able to wipe all the partitions and convert the SSD to GBT when I restore the image disk backup will the files be restored as GBT or will they simply revert back to MBR?

If I wipe all the partitions and convert the SSD to MBR, when I restore the image disk backup will I be left with 4 partitions and then unable to create a 5th, or will I then be able to expand one of the existing partitions?

I assume I need all of the existing partitions, the only one I recognise is the 97GB which is the C drive but I am assuming the other partitions are used for recovery, hibernation and something else important.

I'm a little reluctant to guess with out more information so any guidance would be most appreciated.

Thanks in advance.

A: SSD upgrade Problem "the selected GPT formatted disk contains ...."

Quote: Originally Posted by MartinDay007

The four partitions showing are:

1.46GB Healthy (Active, Recovery Partition)
8GB Healthy(Hibernation Partition)
11.85GB Healthy (Primary Partition)
97.93GB Healthy(Boot Page File, Crash Dump, Primary Partition)

If I click on the 97GB partition it won't allow me to expand the volume only shrink it.

Do those same 4 partitions also exist on the original 128 gb SSD?

Not sure I ever heard of a hibernation partition as opposed to a hibernation file.

Can you post a screen shot of what you see now in Windows Disk Management on the larger SSD?

Have you attempted to extend the 97 gb partition with a tool such as Partition Wizard?

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I have two disks configured: First C: is a active partition SDD. Second one is D:, which is old active disk and used now only for backups.
I'm starting with selecting no folders at all in the "indexed Locations".

<Screen shot will follow>

Next I select disk C. As result not the folder from disk C is taken over but from disk D:
<Screen shot will follow>
I have no chance to select any folder from disk C.
Index Rebuild does not help.

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I'm getting a lot of "Check Disk for Errors" and "this hard drive needs to be formatted before it can be used" error messages when plugging my external usb hard drives into my home pc which uses windows 7. I don't get any of these messages when I plug the same hard drives in at any of a number of pcs at work which use windows xp. Any ideas on why this is happening only with windows 7? I'm also getting a lot of disconnects and reconnects on these devices but again only on windows 7.

Thanks in advance for any advice you can give...


A:"Check Disk for Errors" & "hard drive needs to be formatted" errors


I would do the ck disk. If you still get the notices, I would be concerned about HD failure. Take the HD diagnosis.

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

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

Hi Elnene,

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

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

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

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My laptop is having problems with reading USB flash drives and recognizing iPod nano.

When I plug in a USB flash drive or iPod, Windows assigns a drive letter, eg. Removable Disk F: but if I try to open in Windows Explorer I get an error eg. :"The disk in Drive F is not formatted. Do you want to format it now?"

I've tried different USB sockets on the laptop- same problem. The flash drive and iPod work fine on all other computers so it seems local to this laptop and I can't see any reason to format it.

I am using a Lenovo 3000 N200 laptop running XP SP3. To attempt to rectify this problem, I reverted to SP2 using c:\windows\$NtServicePackUninstall$\spuninst\spuninst.exe

Following this, I was able to access files on the flash drive for a few moments but when I attempted same with the iPod, I got a Windows crash and following the restart am back to square one, with neither flash drive nor IPod being usable except windows XP remains at SP2.

Anyone have any clues to what might be going on?? Thanks for any pointers.

A:Windows XP gives "disk not formatted" error on USB flash drive

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I have an Acer Laptop and I am unable to open any USB flash drive or hard disk with a FAT32 file system. I get a "Disk is not formatted, do you want to format it now?" error. When i do try to format it says "Windows was unable to format the drive". The same devices work fine on other computers. Booting in Safe Mode does not help. I have an external USB hard drive with two partitions one of which is NTFS and the other is FAT32. The NTFS partition works fine in my system while the FAT32 partition gives the same error. The problem apparently started after I had to to a 'chkdsk /r' and a 'fixboot' command via the Recovery Console because my system was stuck in a BSOD reboot loop (Unmountable Boot Volume). Since my CD/DVD drive does not work properly I had to create a bootable USB thumb drive with the Recovery Console to do that. The computer works fine now save for this USB problem. Extremely frustrated since i cannot transfer any of my files to or from my computer because USB was the only option i had after my DVD Drive failure.

Any help greatly appreciated. Thanks.

A:"Disk not formatted" error on Fat32 drives (Windows XP)

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Ok guys.. I screwed up big time... I was about to create a bootable flash drive with a utility called HPflash and right the moment I pressed the start button I realized that the selected drive wasnt my flash drive.. but my external hard disk with 400 Gigs of Data! I dont know about you guys.. but I had tons of pictures and videos.. (my wedding video too!) And I am going nuts now.. can anyone please give me some hope and tell me I can recover all my files? Do I need to use one of the un-delete software out there? When I click on the hard disk it states that it needs to be formatted.. so apparently it hasnt.. so what happened to it? Can I undo what I did very quickly? thanks!

A:Solved: Recover external hard disk that "needs to be formatted"

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errr... i don't really know how to describe this, but my computer is *really* lagging. Takes more than 20 minutes to start-up then lags like hell. Not a constant slowing, but like.. one instant it's totally normal than the next it freezes for half a minute then goes back to normal. When it freezes, the mouse can move but nothing responds. Task manager won't run when it freezes either. This is really frustrating, it takes just as long to startup in safe mode, which doesnt help much. Any help please? @[email protected]


A:"The disk in drive E is not formatted. Do you want to format it now?" PartitionError!

um now it doesn't lag unless i use windows explorer, and... there's a pretty bad problem,
my computer has 1 hard disk, 2 partitions, C and E, windows is on C, and E is all my personal stuff.
Now, when i run my E drive from the start menu > run or just from My Computer, it says the drive isn't formatted and prompts me to format it. any idea?

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Hello All,

Here's the situation I'm in. I've got a HDD (Hard Drive disk) with WinXP on it and lots of files and emails that I need. I wanted to make that HDD a backup drive so I bought a USB adapter and a caddy. I plugged it in my main computer but it didn't show up as a new drive, so I went to "Disk Management" to enable the HDD and assign it a drive letter. After I did that and I set the drive to "Active" I get:

"Disk is not formatted"
"The disk in drive D is not formatted"
"Do you want to format it now?"

I've tried to plug it in other computers and it does the same thing. I tried making it the primary partition and I got "No operating system found"

I don't know if I enabled something or the drive syddenly got corrupted. I really need access to the files on the Hard Drive. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.


A:USB/Caddy HDD. I can't access my files. "Disk is not formatted", hlp.


You probbly need to look at taking ownership of the files.

M$ KB article



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This disk was in an external enclosure when suddenly it gave an error that it was not formatted. I moved the disk from its enclosure and connected it directly to another disktop system. Partition Magic and Hard Disk Manager can both read the disk contents without a problem; but, I cannot copy the disk contents.

I need to recover about 10,000 or more files from this disk. Any suggestions?

A:"The disk in drive F is not formatted"

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Here's the problem. I plug my external Hard drive into someone elses computer after a year of use, and it says "disk not formatted. Would you like to format?" This is not the first time this has happened and my procedure is : use test disk to access and copy all the files onto another hard drive, do a quick format of the external (regular format won't work) and copy the files back onto the hard drive. This usually works, BUT this last time, a week after doing that, I let my computer go into hibernate with the external on, and when wake it up it's "not formatted" again. But NOW, test disk says "no file found, file system seems damaged". I know that this is all signaling that my drive is old and will die soon, but like everyone I have my life work of 12 years on there and will try everything I can. So my question is does anyone know personalized solution to this? if not, does anyone know of a truly potent hard disk recovery software?: Thanks much in advance. The specs of the system are below
The External is a Maxtor 163 GB Y160M0
and here is Belarc for my system

Operating System
Windows XP Professional Service Pack 2 (build 2600)

System Model
Dell Computer Corporation Latitude C610
System Service Tag: J0HGT11 (support for this PC)
Chassis Serial Number: J0HGT11
Enclosure Type: Portable

Processor a
1.20 gigahertz Intel Pentium III Mobile
32 kilobyte primary memory cache
512 kilobyte secondary memory cache

Main Circuit Bo... Read more

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I came across this error in the Task Scheduler when checking scheduled task and it happened as soon as the application was opened so I did a little searching and found out the first occurrence was due to the Defrag schedule and found a solution for that here :


So now that took care of that error and decided to check a few more folders and sure enough I located another error of the same having to do with the AppID folder in the TaskScheduler Windows folder and it seems as though the PolicyConverter entry is missing from the task scheduler in this folder and more than likely from the Reg. I have not done a search there yet but it is located in the Windows Task folder system files . I will cut to the quick here and ask shouldn't I be able to import export that entry from a system Reg that has the entry to the system that does not have the entry and reboot and go back into the TaskScheduler to see if the entry is there now ? Of course I would first back up the system Reg or probably just do a complete back up first the continue .

I have attached some more Images for anyone's ? if need be .

I preformed sfc /scannow more than once with no results .

The images below are from a working system .

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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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So after my Period 4 class ended, I headed off to my spare class to work on some assignments on the Mac. My Flash Drive worked perfectly fine in, and before Period 4, then in Period 5 it wasn't working. On the Mac, during my Period 5, it said "Disk not accessible" with three options. I then tried four other computers using Windows 7 and it shown "G is not accessible - The volume does not contain a recognized file system. Please make sure that all required file system drivers are loaded and that the volume is not corrupted."
At home I plugged in the Flash Drive (using Windows 7 HP 64bit) and the same error occurred.
So I tried the following things:
Downloading over (literally) eight useless programs that searched in the Flash Drive, and then asked for money; didn't find any files at all, or said "Disk is not Valid".
Went into cmd and typed chkdsk d: r/.
Renamed the portion letter.
Deleting, then installing the drivers (unplugging then plugging the Flash Drive in).
It seems the drive is corrupt, and I am not sure if it can be fixed at all, even by the world's professionals. Not too sure, but I am hoping this can be fixed, even if I have to send it to a store to use their software to recover my files and get the off that drive asap. I have all important graphic, and science work on there. I have work that needs to be handed in around one week from today.
I never kept backups as this drive has worked with my for over 4-5 years with absolutely no pro... Read more

A:Flash Drive USB error "Not Accessible" and "Needs to be Formatted"

Hi MattJoey,

Welcome to SevenForums.

Try partition recovery with the Partition Recovery Wizard in MiniTool Partition Wizard Home Edition 7.6 Best Free Partition Manager Freeware and free partition magic for Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Vista and Windows XP 32 bit & 64 bit. MiniTool Free Partition Manager Software Home Edition.

or TestDisk (Windows version) TestDisk - CGSecurity

A trial using these for partition recovery that should help, here: Recover a flash drive turned RAW ? Partition Wizard and TestDisk.

( Read only the partition recovery portions in it. Do not attempt zero-write which I did to convert a good pendrive inaccessible for the recovery trial. You already have a bad drive. )

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

I've created a new thread for your issue here.

Note: You will need to post complete details of your configuration and your specific issue in this new thread for us to help you.

Thanks for your cooperation.

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I have a 400GB Western Digital MyBook External HDD, it was working fine before, I turned it off and when I turned it on again it was not properly recognised by My Computer and when I tried to open it I got this message:

"Disk is not formatted
The disk in drive P is not formatted.
Do you want to format it now? [Y/N]"

I've seen many threads regarding this issue and I have tried everything they suggest, i.e. TestDisk - nothing happens when I reboot, Seagate's diagnostic utility - everything comes out as PASS, but I still can't access the files on the HDD, etc.

I tried plugging it into a different USB port and got the same result. I then tried plugging it into another PC and it didn't recognise it in My Computer at all.

Any help would be much appreciated.

PS. Please try and keep your reply as simple as possible!

EDIT: I'd actually just like to add that when I tried TestDisk I got these results:

Boot sector
Status: OK

Backup boot sector
Status: OK

Sectors are identical.

I then have the option of "Quit", "List" (Which doesn't work, "Filesystem seems to be damaged"), "Rebuild BS" (Which doesn't seem to do anything), "Repair MFT" ("Can't read NTFS MFT") and "Dump".

A:"Disk is not formatted"

Any chance you can remove the hard drive from inside and slap it into a computer as a slave? If so, copy and paste any files you need, and format it, then put it back in the enclosure to try.

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format now?
I keep getting this when I try to use a floppy. My son-in-law copied some pics to a floppy on his computer and when we plugged it in to mine this message is what we got.
I am wondering if he is using FAT32 and I am using NTFS will this cause this problem? If can I correct it.
I also have a floppy with the only copy of a 7000 word story I wrote on it, I get the same thing. Is there a way to recover word documents.
Thanks guys,

A:"Disk not formatted" would you like to ...

First thing---put the floppies somewhere clean, dry, and safe until one of the long-timers comes along with an idea to recover the data.

Next thing--run down to the local big box store and invest about 15 bucks in a USB flash drive. Floppys are notorious that way.

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Hi All,

My W8.1 laptop has recently started going to "Locking" mode when I press the power button (on the machine) and/or select "Shutdown" from the start menu. I've checked the power settings and the PC is definitely set for shutdown as opposed to some other function such as sleep, hibernate, etc.

So basically after I click or press the power button, the screen schows "Shutting Down" (as would be expected) but after a few seconds changes to "Locking". Once the operation is complete I'll need to tap any key (to wake it up) and then click shutdown from there. Only then will the machine fully shutdown.

I'm not sure how this behavior began but I haven't been able to trace it back to 3rd party software. ANy thoughts or solutions appreciated! Thanks.

A:PC goes to "Locking" mode when "Shutdown" is selected

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I sometimes switch hard drives between computers. As far as I know, this is not a drive with an OS on it-- just data files. I plugged it in after it was unused in another computer for quite a while. The drive shows up in Device Manager has a drive letter assigned and is listed in the BIOS. When I click on it in My Computer to see the contents, I get the following message:

"The disk in drive D is not formatted"

"Do you want to format it now?"

When I look at the Disk Properties page for that drive--the file system says RAW

Before I try a program to recover files from it--I seem to remember that it could be a Master Boot Record (MBR) problem on the drive. The files should still be there--just the locators and pointers to files and folders directories are missing--such as drive tables?

Is there a safe way to get Windows to recognize the drive contents by using a DOS command to rewrite MBR---such as FIXMBR without destroying the files on drive?

What DOS commands and switches should I use? I have a Windows XP CD or I can use a floppy disk. Is it better to try the time consuming file recovery process first before attempting to write to the drive using DOS FIXMBR commands?

I will start a scan now to see if there is any recoverable data while I wait for any helpful info and replies

Thank you, in advance, for any help that anyone can provide!

I am using Windows XP SP2 and drive is a Samsung hard drive showing as 32 GB RAW

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I really messed up this time. I am using my husband's computer because mine won't boot. I get the message:
"Windows didn't start because of a computer disk hardware configuration problem. Could not read the selected boot disk. Check boot path and disk hardware. Please check the Windows documentation about hardware disk configuration and your reference manuals for additional information."

Well, that sort of thing is beyond me. But first, my system and how I got into this mess:
Dell Dimension 8200
Pentium 4, 2.00GHz
WinXP Home Ed.

Trying to get rid of the screen that prompts you on boot-up to select an OS and counts down the seconds, I went from My Computer>Properties>Advanced and unchecked the first box, the one that has a place to the right where you say how many seconds to display the OS choice. I had changed that choice to "0" many times, but eventually the choice screen always came back, so I got the idea of unchecking the whole box.

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I just encountered a problem with my WD2000 200GB HD. I have it configured on a Promise UltraATA controller as the primary slave, though the problem persisted when I moved it to be the primary slave on the MB. So I don't think it could be related to placement.

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I have checked the jumpers, reinstalled it w/o reformatting, but the problem persists. Anyone have any thoughts?



A:HDD Problem "Drive Not Formatted" msg

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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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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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Before getting my dell machine with win8 baked in, I purchased a win8 pro upgrade from MS for 14.99.
Can I use that win8 pro "upgrade" disk to upgrade my core version to "pro", or will that just screw things up?


A:Can I use an "upgraded Pro" disk to upgrade from win8 core

You can use the upgrade key in ADD FEATURES:
Add Features to Windows 8

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Hi there,

Well, the message I get it pronounced above in the title. I know a little bit about computers, but I don't know how to get into DOS, BIOS, etc when I don't have a start menu to do so. I read some other threads and they seemed to have useful information, but I would need further explanation. Also - I hooked my HD into another computer to see if it would work, it did, booted up, everything. Also, when I went into Boot Setup or something - blue screen and the only thing I could do when hooked into my computer - it doesn't show any options for booting - it says select from the list - but how do I do that when there's nothing in the list? Oh please do help me as this computer is my main source for writing.


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If you're running a HP what it's asking for is your System Restore Disk. Meaning the HP OS that came with your system. Finding Bios in HP are generally simultaneously with Start button on casing F1 or F11. If neither key works then try F2 and or the Delete button. Making sure each key is pushed as you boot up.
Once your in Bios use the arrow keys to scroll up and down your bios - the enter key once on the various listing in menu until you find your boot sequence listings. In general plus and minus are used to change the sequence. CDrom HD and floppy is the correct setting. But with your Restore Disk from HP it might not even require all that.
Pop it is and Boot up and see if it works. Then try the Bios sequence if you can get there, the F10 to save and enter making sure your CD with the OS is in your CDRom when you do.
Let us know as things go...Jazz
Sounds like you've either lost your OS or you've lost your HD.

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When ordering via the student offer (UK) you are given the option to purchase the "disk kit" for an extra ?9.

This might be a dumb question but does anyone know for sure if this "disk kit" is basically just the Windows 7 disk as you would buy it in a shop? I suppose what I am trying to ascertain is whether it is a regular bootable installation disk. I am planning on getting it and figure that I will be happy to wait for the disk to arrive and install from that rather than faffing around with ISO's and making the downloaded file into a bootable DVD.

A:Student Upgrade - "Disk Kit" Question

The disk in this "kit" should be exactly the same as the equivalent retail disk, dependent on Upgrade / Full.

However as they describe it as a Kit there may be additional content over the standard build - depending on if the supplier has added anything.

It is unlikely that the disk will ship with retail packaging

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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I would like to have Windows Explorer's "Open With" cascading sub-menu displayed when multiple files of a certain type (Perceived: Audio) have been right-clicked on.

Window Explorer already differentiates between the context menus that it displays when a single file has been right-clicked versus the context menu that it displays when multiple files have been right-clicked. It also displays different menus depending on whether the multiple files are of the same type, or whether they are of various different types. So, it seems that the capability is all already there, and I assume that it's just a case of creating the necessary Registry key(s) to make the Open With menu display under the correct circumstances (i.e. only when multiple audio files have been selected).

My reason for wanting to do this is so that I can send multiple audio files to MP3Tagger for tagging, rather than having to manually open the program and then drag and drop the files. I've checked that the program can accept multiple files from the context menu without doing anything weird like opening multiple instances, and it works fine. So it's just the Explorer menu side that needs tackling.

I'd rather not use any kludgy work-arounds because I have spent a lot of time getting all my file associations and context menus really tidy and organized; so things like adding a permanent menu item to the top level context menu of all audio files (regardless of number of items selected), or using the 'Send T... Read more

A:Display "Open With" cascading sub-menu when multiple files selected

Try highlighting multiple mp3 files then hold down SHIFT when right clicking. Then check the SendTo menu.

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So recently my Asus UX31E laptop couldn't boot up into windows 7 by stating "Reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device and press a key". This happened suddenly, but I think what caused this was that I pulled out the power plug from my laptop and froze. (This for some reason happens fairly frequently ever since I had the laptop for 4 years). It wasn't until now that it the above problem started.

I've been told to reinstall windows 7, so I created a bootable usb with the windows 7 iso extracted and copied onto the usb. When I try to reinstall windows through custom options, I bumped into an error in the dialog: "where do you want to install windows".

I was able to see my SSD drive showing as disk 0 unallocated space with a total size of 119.2 GB and 119.2 GB free space. Now the problem is that it says "I cannot install windows on this disk. This computer's hardware may not support booting to this disk. Ensure that the disk's controller is enabled in the computer's bios menu."

Within my bios, it was able to read my SSD drive and I had set the SATA controller to ACHI mode, Legacy support enabled. The problem still persists.

I was then told that i need to partition my disk which might be causing the problem. I tried to create a new partition of disk 0 by pressing new and allocating 20gb of space into that partition. Now I got another error. ""Failed to create a new partition on the selected... Read more

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Apologies if this problem is already solved elsewhere, it seems kind of simple but I searched and couldn't find it...

I'm having trouble assigning the default program to open certain files on my 64-bit 7 Home Premium machine. I previously had a program called Vesta which I used, and that was fine. The path was something like C:\Program Files (x86)\VESTA\vesta.exe
Then when I discovered there was a 64-bit version of Vesta available, I removed my old version and replaced it with the 64-bit version, now sitting in C:\Program Files\VESTA\vesta.exe

Now I'm trying to reset my .cif files to open with the new Vesta. Not surprisingly, vesta.exe has disappeared from the list of available programs to "Open With", because it no longer exists at the original path. But when I browse to the new vesta.exe in Program Files and select it, nothing happens - it just completely ignores my selection, with no message. I can Browse and select any other .exe program as normal, but there is no way I can assign Vesta as the default program. So, it must have something to do with the fact that the new vesta.exe has the same name as the old one, but a different path.

It seems like I somehow need to reset a hidden "Open With" app path list that Windows is keeping somewhere. Does anyone know how I could get at such a list - is it in the registry maybe? (At the same time it would be nice to remove all the random .exe's I added to the list while I was experimenting.... Read more

A:Solved: Refuses to accept selected program to "Open With"

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I'll start at the beginning:

I restarted my computer and after the mobo screen it said "Please insert bootable media," or something along those lines. I restarted a few times and it would not go away or boot into Windows 7 or anything. I got fed up and decided to try a clean install of Vista on the hdrive. When trying to install it, during the copying phase it told me I had to reformat my drive first. So I deleted the partition (which was my whole hdrive) and then tried formatting, when I got the error 0x80070057 "Windows was unable to complete the format." I tried installing a few more times and it would not work.

The next thing I tried was hooking up another hard drive (this new one is IDE, the other one is SATA). I installed Vista on the new one and it all worked fine. I tried formatting the SATA drive in Disk Management and it would give me the same error code. Next I tried formatting it through the formatter on the Windows 7 install disk. When I tried to delete the partition I got the error 0x8007045d "Failed to delete the selected partition."

Now when I look in the BIOS my SATA drive is not even recognized, and is also not recognized in Disk Management, SeaTools, any of the Windows install partitioners, nothing.

I need help :(

The current state is I have Vista installed on a 40gb IDE hard drive, and I have a 500gb SATA hard drive hooked up properly that is no longer being recognized by anything.

A:Error 0x8007045d "Failed to delete the selected partition."

It sounds like the SATA drive has failed. If you have another SATA drive available, go ahead and test it to rule out a faulty SATA controller on the motherboard, but odds are your hard drive is dead.

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I have one major annoyance I cannot cope with in the win8 explorer.

When you select a file in the explorer you get a "file sensitive" extension in the ribbon menu (the green application tools in the picture).

Is there a way to disable this file sensitive" extension? it so annoying, because when you work a lot in the explorer with files the GUI constantly changes (color an the posotion of the name from the window).I get all kinds of different coloured menus which distract me big time.

Maybe there i a win8 feedback forum which I can address this problem? I'm really not unhappy with win8, but there a some really annoying things in it for me.

A:Win8: Explorer Ribbon "selected file extension"

does no no one else find this annoying?

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I managed to create these custom context menu options:

Creating two registry keys in [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell], and using these commands:

attrib -h "%1"
attrib +h "%1"
("Mostra" = show, "Nascondi" = hide in italian)

Now, is there a way to make only one of the two options appear? ("Show file" if the file is hidden, "Hide file" if the file is not hidden). I suppose it's not that easy...

Thanks for the help!

A:"Hide/show selected file" using context menu

Hello Trial4life, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You might see how this may work for you.

File and Folder - Add "Hide" and "Unhide" to Context Menu

Hope this helps,

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Running Windows 7 Pro with all updates. I recently tried to open task manager, for the first time in a long time, to determine why a scheduled task did not run. When I opened task manager I received the following error dialog 113 times where "xxx" is the name of a task and was different for each of the 113 error dialogs.

The selected task "xxx" no longer exists. To see the current tasks, click Refresh.

In the registry under TaskCache\Tasks I have only 12 entries, 11 of which point to the Windows\GWXTriggers folder and one that points to the Windows\Defender folder. I presume 113 entries are missing corresponding to the 113 error dialogs displayed when I open task manager.

All of the tasks appear in the TaskCache\Tree registry branch. All of the task files appear to be present in the Windows\System32\Tasks folder tree.*

How can I fix this problem? I assume I need to rebuild the TaskCache\Tasks registry entries from the files in*Windows\System32\Tasks folder tree. Is there a tool that will do this? Note that I DO NOT have a restore point from which I can recover the registry entries. Thanks.

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I'm a beginner when it comes to VB Script and so I am struggling to work this out. I basically have a worksheet that contains information about different staff members. The sheet is set up so that column A (from row 8 on) is their name and columns B to L (also from row 8 on) are other staff attributes. Due to several reasons, there is more than one listing for each staff member (up to 40). The database is supposed to be there so that any staff member can come in and look up their information (or that of any other staff member). However, with so many listings and so many staff members, it becomes an unmanageable database. I could just create filters so that staff members could simply filter out other employees; however, this would create issues. Instead, I have created a cell above the table (say C2) where staff members can enter their name via means of a data validation list (which is linked to a list of staff members on another sheet). I would then like all rows in the table to hide except for those where the name in column A = C2.

I have searched this on the net and I keep seeing similar responses that all say it's hard when there is data validation / formulas involved. Is there a way this can be done?


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Not sure if this is the correct forum for my problem, so please feel free to let me know.... My OS is Vista Home Premium and I am using an HP PSC 1620 All-in-One printer. For over a year, up until several weeks ago, I was able to highlight text on a given web page and print it out on my printer using File-Print-Selection. All of a sudden when attempting that, my printer does nothing, no error message, nothing. I am still able to print other things; just the "selection" feature off a web page that the printer is ignoring. I did a restore of the computer to a previous date as well as updating drivers, all to no avail. Anyone have suggestions; this is a feature I use more than any and I hate to have to purchase a new printer just for this problem. Thanks.

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The icon beside "Open" (upper-left) is undefined. This only happens for EXE files.

It seems it has been a problem since early Win7 days based from this post (#5).

Quote: Originally Posted by octoberasian

The same issue is when I open Windows Explorer and I click on a program (.EXE file). The icon right next to "Open" at the top toolbar is the default icon if it couldn't find the program, like the one you see in the screenshot above.

I hope this gets fixed in Service Pack 1 or another Windows 7 update.

I do not have problems with my desktop icons, just the one above.

Any workaround for this?

A:Undefined icon beside "Open" when EXE file is selected

Hi there That belongs to Ccleaner ... Not sure what problems you have with it ...

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I selected categories of Sort By and Group By context menu in one folder, like Vertical Resolution, Horizontal resolution etc.
It was applied only to one folder...
Is possible to apply these categories to all folders without selecting each folder?

Thank you for every help!


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Help me please, well not just me but alot of people are having this same problem. When playing battlefield 1942 on a fresh install, i pick a spawn point and spawn no problems, when i get killed and pick a spawn point the white dot for spawn point get bigger just like it should but when i click done it says "spawn point not selected" and wont let me spawn. I can change spawn points but same thing happens. if i do a clean install of game it will let me spawn the first time and when i get killed "spawn point not selected" again. i read in other forums that they think it has something to do with punkbuster i have no idea. also sometimes it kicks me for losing key packets, i don't know if the 2 problems are related or not but it is really making me mad. Your help will be greatly appreciated. Chris

A:HELP BAttlefield 1942 "spawn point not selected"

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Win XP Home Ed; Outlook Express 6.0. Have two identities. Yesterday one of the identities began to not allow moving unwanted messages to the Delete folder. Also could not move them to any other existing folder.

Each time try to delete or move or drag and drop get the following error message: "The selected message(s) could not be moved. An error has occurred."

Can delete emails by hitting the Shift-Delete keys but not desirable. Found that I can create a new folder and move or drag and drop to it and then delete the new folder but also not desirable.

Other identity functions normally.

Any ideas? TJThiel

A:Outlook Express "The selected messages could not be moved"

Sounds like the inbox may be getting corrupted.

Move the messages you want to keep into a folder that is not a subfolder of the Inbox just in case something goes wrong or you have to end up deleting the inbox file.

Then make sure hidden files and file extensions are showing (My Computer>Tools>Folder Options>View tab, check "Show hidden files and folders," uncheck "Hide extensions for known file types" and "Hide protected operating system files).

Then in Outlook Express in the identity having the problem, go to Tools>Options>Maintenance tab>Store Folder button. Once you know the exact location of the store folder that identity is using (there will be more than one with a long alphanumeric name so be sure you've got the exact name), close OE, navigate to it and delete the "folders.dbx" file. If that doesn't solve the problem, go back and delete the "inbox.dbx" file.

If you have to delete inbox.dbx, OE will open with a new, empty Inbox. Just move your saved messages back into it.

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Help! I hear a voiceup every couple minutes or so that says "congratulations, you've been selected to receive a nintendo wii" and sometimes it says" congratulations, you've been selected to receive $1000" or something to that effect. I'm not sure if this is causing my computer to say that i have low virtual memory, and often times doesn't allow me to open up files. I've downloaded hijackthis and this is my log. what do i do now? Thank you!

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 9:21:52 PM, on 9/29/2008
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16705)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\AppleMobileDeviceService.exe
C:\Program Files\Bonjour\mDNSResponder.exe
C:\Program Files\Norton AntiVirus\navapsvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Viewpoint\Common\ViewpointService.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\Security Center\SymWSC.exe
C:\Program Files\Viewpoint\Viewpoint Manager\ViewMgr.exe
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A:Solved: "congratulations you've been selected to receive a nintendo wii"

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I have this really annoying problem where I keep getting popups, I keep hearing voices like "congratulations, you've been selected to receive a free laptop computer," and "congratulations, you've been selected to receive a free Nintendo Wii." Also, the window that I'm on would get deselected as I am typing and then I have to click it again in order to resume typing (this happens with MS Word, One Note, Firefox, etc...).

PLEASE HELP ME!! My operating system is Windows XP.

Thank you in advance.

A:Annoying Popus - "Congratulations you've been selected to receive..."

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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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Can you clean install to a different partition (I got XP on C and planing putting Vista on D) with the "Upgrade" version of vista or no you cant.

Based on this:
Its not.

A:No "clean install" in "Upgrade" version of Vista

Ether you have to format your hd or put it over xp
P.S you need xp product coad if you clean install the hd

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Is the time to "Upgrade from vista to 7 supposed to be wayyy longer then it would to do jsut a clean install? (For example, hanging at 18% for a while while installing during upgrade)

(posting this since i cant get any replies to a previous topic)

A:Install time difference between "Upgrade" and "Custom"

The upgrade process will always be longer, and sometimes considerably. The upgrade process has to move/relocate previous files and keep certain registry entries based on software already installed. Did the upgrade eventually complete? (it's a silly question but you could be dual booting). If not then it could be a bad burn and your systems is taking it's time trying to read the install files from the DVD.

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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.

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

* bump *

Tricky, this one!

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i've gotten some lovely msgs about a nintendo wii, a walmart giftcard, and then some.. overheard on my pc (xp) the past few days. also, a lot of flash ads (i believe it's flash) pop up for about a second or so and disappear.
i use firefox, but internet explorer ads pop up every now and then (mostly for IQ tests, etc) and it's driving me insane.
i've tried everything, but then again.. maybe not.
thank you so much for any help!!!

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 12:24:01 AM, on 10/1/2008
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MsMpEng.exe
C:\Program Files\\Agent\mcagent.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\Update_OB\realsched.exe
C:\Program Files\Roxio\Easy CD Creator 5\DirectCD\DirectCD.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.6.0_03\bin\jusched.exe
C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe
C:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MSASCui.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office12\GrooveMonitor.exe
C:\Program Files\DellSupport\DSAgnt.exe
C:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbarNotifier\GoogleToolbarNotifier.exe
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A:"congratulations, you've been selected to win a free nintendo wii" and then some

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When choosing a program to open a file, in the 'open with' window, the option to "Always use the selected program to open this kind of file" is selected on (ticked) by default. Please see highlighted and red circled part in the attachment. How can I make this to remain always deselected (unticked), so that I can select it only when I want to?

A:How can I disable "always use the selected program" function?

Hello Melita,

You could use either tutorial below depending on what you like best.Open With - Add or Remove "Always use selected program"


"Always use selected program" - Always Checked or Unchecked
Hope this helps,

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Hello Everyone!

I'm currently having problems with an annoying voiceup that says "Congratulations, you've been selected to win a free Nintendo Wii." This happens every thirty minutes or so and it doesn't appear that I have any programs running.

I saw a similar post from a few months back and I was able to successfully download "hijackthis.exe" onto my desktop. Could someone please instruct what to do from here? Thank you so much!

~ Alex

A:Annoying Voiceup "Congrats, you've been selected..."

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Hello! I posted a few weeks ago regarding an annoying voiceup that says, "Congratulations, you've been selected to receive a free iPod Touch" every 30 minutes or so. I d-loaded the HiJackThis software and it worked, however, that annoying voice up is back. What should I do now?

A:Annoying Voiceup "Congrats, you've been selected..."

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If you know how to remove only "Selected Shortcut arrow" in Windows7 please tell me. I have "Dropbox" shortcut in my desktop i want remove its arrow so if you know that please tell me. I don't remove my PC all shortcuts arrows.

A:How to remove only "Selected Shortcut arrow"?

I can't test this as I have all my arrows disabled. But try changing the icon manually.

Shortcut - Change Icon

Right click the shortcut and choose properties

On shortcut tab choose change icon

Browse to the location where you saved your replacement icon for instance

(save somewhere it will stay, my documents, pictures, etc.) and ok and/or apply your way out.

A Guy

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I am trying to start a new method of using my computer and am not going to run my profile as an Admin account. I am used to Linux and having to use SU or SUDO, so this should not be much different.

I am running into the same problem that pushed me away from this model before. I did a fresh install of a laptop, ran all Vista Home Premium updates, created a standard account, logged into the standard account, selected an exe on my C:, right clicked and selected "Run as Administrator" and I get this message "Windows can not access the specified device, path, or file. You may not have the appropriate permissions to access the item."

This error seems familiar as I tried this before and had the same problem. This pushed me into using an account that had elevated Admin privileges all the time (bad idea for someone who uses the internet and installs a lot of programs).

What is the deal and how can I fix it?

A:Standard account can not run exe's when "run as administrator" is selected

So I understand, please -

1. You re-installed Vista
2. During the installation, you created a "user-admin" account
3. Post-Vista install, you created a standard user account
4. You are now using (trying to use) #3

What is the status of #2, the user-admin account?
a) Alive & In-tact
b) Alive, but demoted
c) dead - removed

Regards. . .



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I started an upgrade for xp pro part way through the install I got a message "WatchDriverSigningPolicy.exe" no found I pressed enter then got another message "fake setup call himself instead original "setup.exe" ; setup abort!" now each time I reboot it starts to load xp then gives me the same message then press enter it then reboots.
can any body help?

A:problem with xp pro upgrade "fake setup call himself instead original "setup.exe"

What were you upgrading? Sounds like you need to do a clean install and possibly your cd or your cd drive is shot or just dirty.

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I have just formatted my old PC and installed winXP professional. Everything went as expected, I also configured my internet connection and activated windows, then I restarted. Now the computer hangs in the "Welcome" screen and stays there. What could the problem be? I haven't installed any graphics drivers or any other device except for my modem. I also changed the colour depth (I think that's how it's called) in the monitor settings to 32 bit (from 16 bit). Maybe because no video driver is installed, could that cause a problem?


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I reformatted an acer aspire 5100 laptop.
I partitioned it.
I installed Win98SE on the first partition, installation went well apart from not booting at all.
Now whatever system I load or install, 98 or ME I can only access safe mode in ME. 2000 refuses to install. Is this laptop vendor software specific as the drivers dont seem to be accessed from any normal Win OS I install.

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I have just formatted my old PC and installed winXP professional. Everything went as expected, I also configured my internet connection and activated windows, then I restarted. Now the computer hangs in the "Welcome" screen and stays there. What could the problem be? I haven't installed any graphics drivers or any other device except for my modem. I also changed the colour depth (I think that's how it's called) in the monitor settings to 32 bit (from 16 bit). Maybe because no video driver is installed, could that cause a problem?


A:Solved: Freshly formatted winXP comp hangs is "welcome" screen!

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I just put about 25 gigs of data on this drive. It's an 80 gig drive and has about 20 gigs of space left on it before it's full. Out of all the files I cut and pasted over it got stuck on this last ISO file.. it refused to move this file.. so i stopped the move operation, and rebooted. I never had any trouble with this drive. It's a drive that is hooked up via a USB port. On reboot, to try to copy or move the file again, Windows tells me this drive cannot be accessed and needs to be formatted before it can be used.

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

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

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

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

Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities

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I have a problem with my second (media) hard drive - here it is:

I have a dual boot Windows XP system, i.e. both boots run Windows XP. The first is for everyday stuff, e.g. internet and downloaded software. The second is for work, and has been kept simple to be more stable in running audio programs (e.g. internet is disabled). My two boots are set up on different partitions of my main system drive.

I also have a 300GB internal drive for media. On the first boot (the everyday one) this drive works - it appears in windows explorer and you can access it and everything on it. However, on the second boot (the work one) I have a problem - the same drive appears in windows explorer but when I double click to access it, it says the drive is not formatted (and asks if i would like to format it now).

Obviously the drive is formatted, and I have no troubles with it on my first boot, and of course I would like it to work on my second boot as well. What can i do to get the second boot to recognise the content of the drive (ideally without starting again and having to reformat the drive - is this possible)? Is there some reason why I wouldn't be able to have it work on both boots? (I can't see why it wouldn't be possible... I can access both partitions of my system drive from both boots...)

Can anyone help?!


A:Solved: 2nd Hard Drive appears "not formatted" on 2nd XP boot

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Hello everyone!
I know someone posted a very similar case some years ago but I still haven't found a solution - so I opened the topic.

I currently have the folowing problem and I hope someone could help me:

I wanted to format a microSD card using Fat32Formatter.

Accidentaly - the wrong drive was selected (my running SSD Drive with Windows) and after i clicked "initialize drive" the Laptop crashed: Bluescreen etc.

Restarting the PC doesn't help - no drive is found.

In my experience "initializing drive" doesn' format it, but it makes the drive space "unallocated"

Someone posted in another Forum that he managed to get his system back running with testdisk after the same problem so here I am.

Assuming I just have to create a partition Table, I created a bootable USB.

Testdisk doesn't find any recoverable partitions in the quick search, but in the Deeper search.
I actually have only one partition and testdisk is finding more that one and I am not sure which one to select.

so I just tryied it :writing the partition table. I tryied this procedure a couple of times but now I get annother error:

I don't get the error 'no drive found "
when starting, the Windows Bluescreen is reporting that windows needs to be repaired and I would need to insert the Windows CD/USB in order to start the Windows repair process.

So - before I make any more damaged I figured maybe someone can give me some usefull advice: maybe which partition to select or if ... Read more

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My boss wants all fields to be populated on a form in access. Is it possible to have a default value of "TBD" (to be determined) in a text box that is formatted for a date?? I don't think so but I thought I would ask.

Thanks, Joe

A:Solved: Default "TBD" in text box formatted for date?

If that field in the table is formatted for date and you try and enter text to will get a datatype mismatch. You could put in a data that happened a hundred years ago as the default (tbd date). You will just have to get creative.

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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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Hey guys!

My computers only 2 weeks old and I'm already running into problems! I didn't get it for the first week but now about 4/5 of the time I start my computer up in the morning I get this problem:

So then I enter in my Windows Vista recovery DVD-ROM to boot from disk and repair:

It's a really annoying problem and I just would like to get it fixed. My computer is an Ibuypower computer if that matters. Completely custom.

A:"Windows failed to start" problem, forced to boot from disk

Hi, yes it looks like you corrupted your BCD store there is bcdedit.exe that can be run from a command prompt to fix Vista's boot loader, however there is a much better way, use this program to fix your boot problem (read the info this is a powerful program) :-

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I just began getting this error yesterday. What is the likelihood that another issue besides a failing hard drive is causing error? Secondly, I've already purchased a new hard drive as a precaution. What is the fastest/easiest way to backup/clone this drive?

A:"Windows detected a hard disk problem" error message


Please open an elevated command prompt.
When you have the command promt open please enter the following command:
sfc /scannow and press enter.
After the scan is 100% and the scan did repair files please restart your computer.

Please re-open an elevated command prompt and enter the following command:
findstr /c:"[SR]" %windir%\logs\cbs\cbs.log >%userprofile%\Desktop\sfcdetails.txt

The cbs.log file will be posted on the Desktop as the current user, named sfcdetails.txt. Please attach this file in your next post.

Note: You can also copy/paste the commands to make it easier.

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Recently, an error message "Windows detected a hard disk problem" always pop ups in my monitor.

I have done "Error Checking" also " Defragmentation"...but that error message doesn't disappear.

What should I do?

Thanks a Lot.

A:Error message " Widows detected a hard disk problem"

That is not a most welcome message.

I would immediately backup the most important personal data and run the DOS version of Manufacturer's Diagnostic Utility. If it passes without any event reported, fine. But if it finds bad sectors and even if it repairs it, be wary. Not to be taken aback by any catastrophic failure that may occur unannounced, always backup all your personal data and also image your system regularly.

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My friend has Vista OS and Ms Office XP-Small Business (Powerpoint not included) version on her laptop.
We bought the version of Office XP (below) for her to be able to get/ download Powerpoint only. Both the seller and Microsoft Customer Service said that that can be done and that it will work on Vista, and to just choose custom install.

(What we bought: Microsoft Office XP Standard 2002 Upgrade NEW
original cd, box, manual sealed in plastic clamshell
Compatible with Windows NT, 98, ME, 2000, XP, Vista
upgrade requires previous version of office 97 or 2000
Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint)

When she puts in the Office XP CD and chooses "Install or Run program", and goes thru those normal beginning steps, including putting the product key in the spaces, a message then comes up saying, "can&#8217;t find qualifying products" on the hard drive. How do we get this part of the installation process to recognize that she already has Office XP or is there another issue going on?

A:Solved: problem of OfficeXP upgrade recognizing "qualifying product"

Hi and welcome. You've reported that you found the solution, if you would be so kind as to post it, it will benefit others in the future. Thanks.

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i have bought a new computer recently and today i got this error message (i think the error is quite famous i will provide a photo if needed) and i have been trying to fix with no luck here is the situation so far.

1) i got the error after updating (it poped up after restarting the computer) the driver for my nvidia graphics card (not sure if this is important) .

2) i've searched around and i couldn't tell if this is a legitimate error or just maleware .

3) i ran check disk and no bad sectors were found .

4) i ran malwarebytes and it didn't find anything.

5) i ran superantispyware and it found and cleaned some threats .

6) i ran seaTools and the drive passed the fix all function .

i have done a complete back up just in case.

how do i fix this problem ?

please inform me if any information is needed and i will provide it ASAP.

i apologize for the long post.

Thank You

A:i need help with fixing "windows has detected a hard disk problem".

If you have made a backup image of your drive - you have done the best thing, just in case.

Are you still getting the message?

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Ok, this is really starting to cheese me off. I have an Abit KN8 Ultra mobo with an AMD 3700 san diego, now the computer recognises (in CMOS) all my drives, so i boot from the CD drive and begin installing windows - I format the master HDD in IDE port 1 - Windows copys itself to the harddrive and the computer reboots then "Detecting IDM drives" "Boot disk failure" "press ctrl+alt+del to restart" WHY!!!

A:"boot disk failure" Abit KN8 Ultra problem

Are you using the RAID controller? Does the controller require drivers for the XP installation, F6 option when initially setting up Windows? What is your BIOS boot order set to?

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Hi, when i boot up my other computer it is a black screen and says "Primary hard disk Drive 0 cannot be found, strike F1 to continue or F2 to enter setup utility." When i strike F1 it says something like "boot up failed press F1 to try again" what do i do? When i press F2 it takes me to a screen and Undery Hard disk drive 0 it says unkown and under hard disk drive 1 it says off.

PS. My computer also makes alot of beeping sounds all of a sudden. Plz help me What is going on? Thankyou

A:Problem booting computer "hard disk drive" help plz

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Hi -
I'm trying to install XP Pro onto a brand new SATA hard drive since my old one seems to have gone kaput after about 5 years.

I booted from CD, and went thru all the screens to the point where it was ready to start the installation. When i got to the screen to partition the "mass storage device", i got the following:

Unknown Disk
(There is no disk in this drive.)
Unknown Disk
(There is no disk in this drive.)

So i found an old post on this site ( and followed the lessons learned there, and realized I had a floppy for a RAID DRIVER i had forgotten about (it came with the components I bought to build this box). So i tried the installation again, starting from a reboot, and hitting F6 at the right time. When it came time to install the 3rd party driver, i inserted the floppy as instructed, and hit Enter. The floppy light came on, but i don't believe i heard it do anything, and the screen asking me to insert the floppy quietly came back.

I tried a couple times, but still the floppy did not do its magic. I continued, and the partition screen still showed the Unknown Disk error. So as suspected, the driver did not get installed. I then rebooted, this time hitting F1 to check out the BIOS. My BIOS recognizes both my new hard drive and the floppy drive just fine, and the floppy itself can be read just fine on another PC.

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A:Can't get past "Unknown Disk" problem installing XP Pro - floppy drive issue??

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Greetings everyone.
Last Tuesday when I turned my computer on, I got the message ďA disk read error occurred, press crtrl+alt+delete to restartĒ. Since then I have been searching online for a way to get my computer back up & running.
The specs of my computer:

Dell Inspiron 9100 Notebook
Windows XP Pro SP3
P4 @ 3.2 Ghz w/ Hyper Threading
1 gb Memory
160 gb Western Digital PATA/IDE HD
(Replaced original 80 gb HD in May 08 b/c too small)
Removable internal DVD/CD-RW drive (& a removable internal floppy disk)
Purchased in Oct. 04.

When I installed the new HD back in May, I used Apricorn EZ Gig II & the included HD enclosure to copy the contents of the old HD onto the new one.

I first ran the onboard Dell diagnostics; it did a full system scan (from the processor to the memory to the HD) it told me everything was fine.
I then ran the WD hard drive utility from a floppy disk. I ran both the quick & full tests and it told me there were no problems.

Since the HD seems to be alright, Iíve been wondering if something has corrupted the Master Boot Record. I do my best to keep my system in check; security-wise I run Norton 360 2.0 & Ad-Aware 2008 (thereís more I can do though, I know). I donít think it could be malware, but who knows.

Anyways, Iíve tried booting from my Windows CD to get to the Recovery Console or do a repair installation, but things hit a snag. The drive spins up & I get a message telling me setup is preparing files, but then the scr... Read more

A:Windows XP "Disk Read Error Occurred" Problem, difficulty in resolving...

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I keep seeing this error.. "Windows is having a hard disk problem." And it basically prompts me to backup my data, like I am about to see an impending hard drive issue. I found some threads on other forums, but found nothing conclusive. Any ideas. This is a pretty new hard drive, and it is a new install of windows 7. There is also another older drive connected to the system, that contains all the older files, which I have moved over to the new..

Need to confirm which drive is having the issues, if it is indeed having issues, or if there is something I can look into to resolve some sort of software related issue that is causing the problem.

A:"Windows is having a hard disk problem".. pops up..

Will add.. The OS seems to be running very smooth, and does not seem to be having any problems..

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I got a new PC tonight, custom-built (from eBay) and I've been attempting to install Vista Home Premium x64 for the last 4 hours!

It supposedly had Vista pre-installed and was "ready to run" but the seller was obviously a liar. Because when I turn it on, this is what happens:

- a 'Biostar T-series' visual appears on the screen for a second (I don't know what that is)
- it then goes to a command screen with 'Hardware Monitor' and lots of CPU details

it then says:

Verifying DMI Pool Data ........
Boot from CD:
Press any key to boot from CD or DVD.....
A disk read error occurred
Press CTRL+ALT+DEL to restart

If I do press a key before the disk read error message appears it does bring me to the Vista installation screen. It then does install Vista, but when it gets to the point where the system needs to reboot, it just brings me back to the same command screen again.

I've tried to format the hard drive, and even attempted the system repair method (it found no problems with the system startup apparently). After I do the system repair process, instead of "A disk read error occurred", I get "BOOTMGR missing" instead, whatever that means.

At present, the computer is unusable, and I'm kinda pissed off cause I've wasted a whole night on this and will probably do the same tomorrow.

Any help would seriously be appreciated - thanks.

A:x64 Installation problem - "disk read error"

Remove the DVD so the machine boots from the hard drive on the first reboot during installation. Or set the BIOS to boot from CD first and hard drive second.

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When am starting my Pc am getting pop menu every time saying that "windows No disk,,,There is no disk in the drive.please insert a disk into the drive."
When am scaning with Hijack This,I got this Log file.Please help me how to solve this and which files i have to fix it.
Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.4
Scan saved at 1:31:04 PM, on 1/29/2011
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jqs.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\PC Tools\sMonitor\StartManSvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Java\Java Update\jusched.exe
C:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbarNotifier\GoogleToolbarNotifier.exe
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A:"Windows -No Disk" pop up menu virus problem


Sorry for delayed response. Forums have been really busy. If you still need help with this do following, please.
Download DDS and save it to your desktop from here or here or here.
Disable any script blocker, and then double click dds file to run the tool.
When done, DDS will open two (2) logs:

Save both reports to your desktop. Post them back to your topic.


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I just bought a 32GB SanDisk micro Cruzer. It works fine on my Dell Dimension 8400 (WinXP Pro) desktop, and it loads the U3 Launchpad properly. However, when I try to use it on my Dell Vostro 1710 (WinXP Pro) laptop, all I get is a "Removable Disk (H" on Explorer. It does not load the U3 Launchpad.
If I click on the H: drive in Explorer all I get is the message "Please insert a disk into Drive H:."

Is there something that needs to be changed in the registry to make this work properly?

Thanks for any help,

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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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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)"

Hiyya Tracing try doing it with Partition Wizard mate Best Free Partition Manager Freeware and free partition magic for Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Vista and Windows XP 32 bit & 64 bit. MiniTool Free Partition Manager Software Home Edition.
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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Well, my external hard drive has been working fine, but all of a sudden when I tried to access it a message saying that it's not formatted pops up. It wont let me access any of the files on my hard drive. Please help!

A:HELP!!! WD External Hardrive "Not Formatted" message

If you go into my computer and right click the drive and choose "properties", then "tools", "error checking" "settings" and put chck marks in both boxes apply and ok to run checkdisk on the drive.

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Hey guys this is my first post getting really frustrated with this problem I've had for 2 days now. My computer won't connect to the internet, I get "Unidentified Network No Internet Access" I left my computer on for a half hour or so and when I came back the computer was off. It definately wasn't an overheat because my CPU isn't overclocked and I always monitor the temps and never ever had a temperature problem. I turned it back on and now the internet doesn't work. I didn't know what else to do so I formatted the computer and still no internet access.

- I've checked the NIC Card hardware, both LED lights are flashing
- I've done ipconfig /renew
- I've plugged the same Ethernet cable into another computer and still no luck.

It is a NVIDIA nForce Networking Controller, When I tried disabling it my computer locked up and I had to close the program I was using. ( Again not sure if that's normal or not but thought it was something to note )

Here is my computer specs:
CPU: AMD FX-4100
GPU: Readon 6870
MOBO: Gigabyte GA-M68MT-S2
Harddrive: 1TB
NIC: NIVIDA nForce Networking Controller

heres my ipconfig /all

Microsoft Windows [Version 6.1.7600]
Copyright (c) 2009 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

C:\Users\Gaming Computer.GamingComputer>ipconfig /all

Windows IP Configuration

Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : GamingComputer
Primary Dns Suffix . . . . . . . :
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A:Formatted Computer STILL getting "No Internet Access"

Hello, your problem is that you are not getting a valid IP address so thats the reason your current IP address is 169.254..

I would try unplugging both your router and/or cable depending on how you connect to the internet. Reconnect everything and then check connection again.

Also, can you please post the missing information from this thread:
Basic Requirements Before Posting your Networking Thread

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This is my first post here & in panic!

If this issue has been posted before then I must appologize.

I have Windows XP SP2 in 500GB SATA2 Seagate Drive. It was partitioned in three: 50GB<system>, 200GB, 200GB. I had recently came back from a honeymoon and saved all of my photos and videos in it. I recently purchased 2nd Seagate 320GB hard drive for an additional storage.

I decided to upgrade my OX to Vista for my old hard drive but installation went south, making old drives not accessable. So I then decided to go back to XP. I grabbed my new drive and installed XP. Then I grabbed my old drive and connected hoping to just retrieve data and reformat the drive afterword.

This is when hell broke out.....Not only the XP fail to see partitions (50, 200, 200) but popped out with a message "Drive is not formatted". I tried reading other threads and comments that were made, so resolution.

I m devestated in a thought that I might have just wiped out all my honeymoon data.....

I do not know if having OS installed on the old drive plays any part in this but if anyone has advice, please let me know.

A:[SOLVED] &quot;Drive is not formatted&quot; Plz help, I m in panic.

it's all in the jumpers.... Take the new hard drive install windows xp... now with the old one move the jumper to slave.. make your new one the master. once you do that you'll see all your folders and files on the older drive.... Don't worry mate your safe!

need more help on how to set jumpers let me know... it's easy!

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