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

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

Hi there,

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

Thank you,


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

Is your second disc formatted NTFS?

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Dear Experts,

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


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

Hello sattyaji, and welcome to Seven Forums.

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

Backup User and System Files - Reset to Default Configuration

Hope this helps,

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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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We have a problem with Windows 7 (Professional) running on a Lenovo X250 laptop.  The "Back up now" feature does not work , but the "Create a system image'  feature does work.   "Back up now" feature had been working
before in the past, but now clicking on the icon does nothing.  No response.  We backup this laptop to an external USB drive that has plenty of diskspace left.  I also tried backing up to a new drive but no response, so I don't think it's the
There are no error messages in the event viewer and no error message ever appears onscreen.   Clicking on "Back up now"  has no affect.
I'm thinking maybe a patch or recent update is somehow interfering with the backup software.
I have searched Google and found people with a similar problem due to the fact they installed Acronis backup software, but we never used  Acronis.
I briefly looked in the Registry but didn't see anything obviously wrong.
Has anyone had this problem before?  Or can someone point me in the right direction.


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My C: Drive uses 30 GB of data. As this is a recently bought computer, this is 99% Windows OS data.

I'd like to create a System Image on DVDs, but I wondered whether there was a way to exclude any unnecessary stuff. Or is all 30GB necessary? (Remember, this 30GB of used data is pretty much how it was on the day we first bought the computer brand new at the computer store.
P.S. Is the "Create System Image" function provided free in Win7 the best application for creating a system image? Or does some other software company have a better (and free) application?

A:Can I make "Create System Image" use less DVDs?

Macrium Reflect gives a little more flexibility in choosing which drives to image, since Win7 Backup Imaging requires the System partition to be included,

You really want an external for this job, though. DVD's are unreliable by comparison, esp when you need so many.

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I don't understand how Window 7's "Create System Image" could possibly work. What I mean is, when Windows is running aren't there lots of "open" files, processes or programs that would be better killed before the image process is run? For example, I run multiple databases that have all sorts of files open, or locked, while the database is online. How could "Create System Image" give me a good image I could restore from? Because the image would have all those locks in place.

Contrast this with a tool like MiniTool which allows you to make a copy of the C drive. It does this after shutting down Windows and before Window reboots. That way all of Windows' files are closed and inactive during the copy process.

I am sure the Windows' developers are about a thousand times brighter than I am, and I guess I believe "Create System Image" works, but I can't figure out how it could work while Windows in operation.

A:Open Files During "Create System Image"

Windows uses what they call Shadow Copy to enable an image to be taken even if files are open.

Shadow Copy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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With system image in Windows 7 Enterprise does it create a exact duplicate of your hard disk? Right now I have 7 Enterprise and Office 2007 Activated. So lets say one day my computer crashes or the HDD needs to be replaced all I need to do is restore that image? and it will be back to how it is now with 7 and office 07 Activated? I will not need any other items like the instalation disks?

Thanks very much,

A:Question about "Create a system image"?

Yes, that is exactly what a system image will do.

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Hi Forum,

I have read over a couple of the tutorials on creating a system image. The process is very straight forward and I understand how to go about creating a complete system image, windows 7 walks you right through it and it seems rather simple. However, I keep all my files double backed up on separate HDDs (I have about 3tbs of files), so all my data is safe. Therefore I just want to backup the basics; OS, Drivers, etc... Just the stuff I would need to get my system up and running again if something were to happen, like an intense virus or something.

I might have overlooked it when reading through the tutorials, but I do not see it. Could someone explain to me if it's possible to just create an image of the basics? Just Operating System and all necessary software and drivers to get me up and running. Is this possible?


A:Create a "Default" System Image?

Hello Brandon,

Sorry, but you will not be able to unselect anything on system drives from being included in system images.

However, you could store your 3 TB of files in say a folder or multiple folders on a non system drive, then include the folder(s) in a library or libraries of your choice. This way you can also access the files from the library, and not have them included in a system image.

Hope this helps,

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Title says it all. I was quite happy with the way Win 7 allowed creation of a system image, cannot find a way to do it in 8.

A:Win 8, How to create "System Image"?

How to create a system image in Windows 8.

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

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

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

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

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

Hello Zeilon, and welcome to Seven Forums.

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

Hard Disk Space - Free Up and Recover

Hope this helps,

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Hello everyone,

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you very much, I'll be checking my post at least once a day so I'll try to respond quick if any of you pros have an idea... Read more

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

Hello Mike, and welcome to Vista Forums.

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

System Restore - disk space

Hope this helps,

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

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

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From Backup and Restore in Control panel...I get the errors in the jpg attached ? The drive is working and I can add and delete files at random to the D: drive. Currently I'm using regular CD's...not a DVD disk.


A:Can't create "System Restore Disk" ?

Could it be you dvd burner having issues? try updating the dvd drives firmware

You could try backing it up on an external drive or network drive.

If that is not an option you could download a pre-made iso of a repair disc

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Which one should I do? I originally wanted to just do "Return computer to factory condition" but Theog just suggested "Use A System Image Created Earlier." I have no idea what to do. So confusing!

A:"Return computer to factory condition" or "Use A System Image Crea..."

Hello M4TE and welcome to Seven Forums. Sorry for the delay in responding but I just came across your question.

Most newer manufactured computers have a hidden recovery partition on the hard drive. The manufacturer provides specific instructions on how to access that partition in case you want to restore your machine to the exact condition it was in when it left the factory. That means you'd have to go through the time consuming process of cleaning out factory bloatware (like free trials of programs you'll never need), installing programs you do need, updating everything, creating your personal settings, etc. Here is a general idea of how to access the hidden recovery partition.

HP Recovery From Partition

Let's say it took you a day or two to set up your machine to your liking using the hidden recovery partition. A System Image is like a snapshot of your entire hard drive. It will include everything from the operating system to all your programs, files, photos, music, all updates ... everything. Most folks keep it on a separate external hard drive. Let's say a week later you get a virus or your machine crashes for some reason. You can use that System Image to return your machine to the exact condition it was in when you made the image. Usually takes about 30 minutes or so and you're back in business. It's a lot faster and more convenient to only worry about a week of updates compared to probably months with the hidden recovery partition. The newer a System Image is the... Read more

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When installing SP2 on my computer, there was a box that recommended "Backing up my system" before proceeding. So I created a restore point. I will install it on my daughter's computer next, and would like to know if I was supposed to do anything fancier than creating a restore point before installing SP2?

A:Does "Back up your system" mean "Create a Restore Point"?

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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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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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I use Windows XP. I installed and ran the Avast grime fighter and then found two of my programs - one for tax preparation and one for backing up to an external hard drive - won't "open". Instead, I get the error message "failed to create empty document". I uninstalled the programs then reinstalled them, but no change - I still get the message. I saw, by googling the message, that it may have something to do with a windows registry file, but I really don't understand what that is or how to get to it or how to fix it. I contacted the Avast folks and they said they could put me in touch with their microsoft folks for $180! I am at a loss as to what I should do. Please can anyone help me figure out what to do to get these programs to run? I really need the tax program especially. Thank you.

This is the text from running the TSG SysInfo utility:
Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, Service Pack 3, 32 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU E7400 @ 2.80GHz, x86 Family 6 Model 23 Stepping 10
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 3036 Mb
Graphics Card: Intel(R) G45/G43 Express Chipset, 1024 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 476899 MB, Free - 426176 MB;
Motherboard: Dell Inc., 0P301D
Antivirus: avast! Antivirus, Updated: Yes, On-Demand Scanner: Enabled

A:Solved: "failed to create empty document" error message

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Day before yesterday I installed the W10 "cumulative update for x64 systems" on my Surface Pro 3. YesterdayI did a cold restart. Since then the email app constantly crashes, it comes up and then just freezes until it eventually closes itself (or gets closed). The event viewer contains two events for each such attermpt.

First comes:
SettingSyncHost (4916) An attempt to create the file "C:\WINDOWS\system32\edbtmp.log" failed with system error 5 (0x00000005): "Access is denied. ". The create file operation will fail with error -1032 (0xfffffbf8).

And then:
SettingSyncHost (4916) Unable to create a new logfile because the database cannot write to the log drive. The drive may be read-only, out of disk space, misconfigured, or corrupted. Error -1032.

These are both generated by source ESENT.

I am a member of Administrators (and Home Users) and from File Explorer I could manually create a folder (did not get the option to create a file) in C::\Windows\System32. From an elevated command prompt I could create a file in the System32 directory. I have 425 GB free space on the SSD. So the problem doesn't seem to be "read-only, out of disk space, misconfigured, or corrupted."

Does anyone have any ideas?

A:W10 email app crash, create file "C:\WINDOWS\system32\edbtmp.log" failed

No luck fixing this? Maybe a future Windows 10 update will fix this... What version of Windows 10 are you using?

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I am new a member and was looking for help with the next steps of how to resolve the following error message 0x8000ffff "Failed to Create Volume Snapshot". I got this whilst trying to clone one disk to another (which have the correct amount of space to make a clone) so far on all other machines i have not got a clone error until now.

Followed the advice on Macrium's Knowledge base:
VSS Error:0x8000ffff - Backup aborted! - Failed To Create Volume Snapshot. (VSS)

All Solutions have been tried but the same error occurs. The service is set to automatic but according to the user it has not started.

However, on my own laptop Macruim clone goes through without my Volume shadow copy being set to automatic.

Anyone got any thoughts how i can get this clone to go through?

A:Macrium Clone error 0x8000ffff "Failed to Create Volume Snapshot"


I got an some more information from my persistant googling to find another piece of the puzzle.

On the affected machine i did the following:
Opened a command prompt (with elevated privileges) and type ?vssadmin list writers? (without quotes).

This command listed all of the VSS writer i had installed on the machine. This came back with no errors.

I then did a search in Event viewer around the time i did my clone last week. I did a find and searched for 'VSS'. This came back with many errors about the following service:

Oracle VSS Writer
Oracle Database 11g Enterprise Edition Release - 64bit Production Oracle VSS writer version Production Error at line : 4576 Failure on PrepareForBackup event
0x800423f4, The writer experienced a non-transient error. If the backup process is retried, the error is likely to reoccur.
Operation: PrepareForBackup event Context: Execution Context: Writer Writer Class Id: {26d02976-b909-43ad-af7e-62a4f625e372} Writer Name: Oracle VSS Writer - Instance Name: XXXX Writer Instance ID: {ac1b06ab-f083-4bb7-bf62-7f41df8734c0} Command Line: c:\opt\product\11.2.0\dbhome\bin\OraVSSW.exe XXXX Process ID: 2428
2D20436F64653A20575254575254494330303030353239392D2043616C6C3A20575254575254494330303030323630302D20 5049443A202030303030323432382D205449443A202030303030313534382D20434D443A2020633A5C6F70745C70726F6475 63745C31312E322E305C6462686F6D655C62696E5C4F7261565353572E65786520434D5332352020202020202D2055736572 3A204E61... Read more

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Every time I open wordpad, or an RTF file (associated with WordPad), an error message comes up saying "Failed to Create Empty Document".

I'm running on XP, and I don't have my XP disk anymore, if that's needed or not..

A:Wordpad "Failed to Create Empty Document"

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I just started receiving this error:
UA StartSignalReceiverFromOuterThreadError: Receive Socket Create Failed!"

With the exception of Curse Client I can't connect to the internet. No browser will connect(firefox, IE, Chrome, Opera). Steam won't connect. Email client won't connect.

Other computers at home can connect. Not problems with router.

Event logs show Critical errors with
Application (This is NVidia)

I can add more info from the logs if that would help.

The only thing I've done is a System Restore. It didn't help.
I had installed Assassins Creed which installed DirectX.

I've searched the webs and forums and can't find anyone with this issue but 1 guy 8 months ago, and there was no solution posted.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. I have soooo much work to get done and I'm freaking.


A:Error - "Receive Socket Create Failed!"

I am having the exact same problem.
Your issue was back in July. Did you resolve this and how.

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Hello everyone.

I am thinking to convert my HDDs to Windows Dynamic Disks. I would love to use software RAID (Hardware Does not support RAID) and I see to do this I need to Convert HDDs to Dynamic Disks. I have done Dynamic Disk RAID 0 in Win XP era.

I heavily rely on the inbuilt Windows Image backup to Reset the system to Fully customized and tuned state as the need be. I came to read that Image backup does not like Backing up TO A DYNAMIC DISK.
Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup

However, I am curious if the Image backup can successfully backup FROM and RESTORE TO a Dynamic disk , provided that WindowsImageBackup Itself is on a basic, USB HDD?

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i want to create recovery imag
when i try using "command prompt" (as admin) , writing image struck at 1% after 20 mins it screen displays "Error Code - 0x80070005"....
refer snap shot
thank yuu

A:cant create recovery image "Error Code - 0x80070005"

you already have a thread going with this same topic ,why start a new one ???

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Hello, everyone.

I'm trying to install ICE-2.0.3-for-64-bit-Windows.msi to the default location
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Research\Image Composite Editor\

I get the following error messages:

Could not create key: \Software\Classes\Wow6432Node\AppID\WLPG.DLL.
Verify that you have sufficient access to that key, or contact your support personnel.

Could not create key:

A851}. Verify that you have sufficient access to that key, or contact your support personnel.

Could not create key:

03A851}. Verify that you have sufficient access to that key, or contact your support personnel.

Could not create key:

03A851}\1.0\0\win32. Verify that you have sufficient access to that key, or contact your support personnel.

Could not create key:

03A851}\1.0\HELPDIR. Verify that you have sufficient access to that key, or contact your support personnel.

Could not create key: \Software\Classes\Wow6432Node\AppID\WLPG.WLPG.
Verify that you have sufficient access to that key, or contact your support personnel.

Could not write value to key: \Software\Classes\Wow6432Node\AppID\WLPG.WLPG\CLSID.
Verify that you have sufficient access to that key, or contact your support personnel.

Could not write val... Read more

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One of my users is having this issue. She is is using Windows 7 Pro x64 bit with Internet Explorer 11. Everytime she tries to access a specific website IE stops working and gives the following error message:
create file mapping failed (6), wc_registry_mmap_name
No one else is having this issue when visiting the same website on their computers, it only happens to her. I reset IE's settings on her computer but that didn't fix the issue. I can use a different web browser on her computer to visit the website, so I
know the website isn't the problem. 
Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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I have been using SyncToy 2.1 successfully for some time. However I suddenly am unable to do so. I keep getting the message: "failed to create a provider"

Checked out the Microsoft help files, couldn't find a solution. Perhaps some one can help. I need this automatic backup for photos and documents. Many thanks.

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Service Pack 1, 32 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q9300 @ 2.50GHz, x64 Family 6 Model 23 Stepping 7
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 3325 Mb
Graphics Card: ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT, 256 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 476937 MB, Free - 349288 MB; D: Total - 476937 MB, Free - 242254 MB; M: Total - 1907057 MB, Free - 1390053 MB;
Motherboard: Dell Inc., 0TP406
Antivirus: AVG Internet Security 2012, Updated and Enabled

A:Sync Toy "failed to create a provider"

Have you recently installed Samsung software (i.e., Samsung's "Kies") to sync a Samsung phone or tablet to your computer?

This sure sounds like your issue...
New error message? "Failed to create folder pair. Failed to create the provider."

The fix involved doing a repair on MicroSoft Sync Framework 2.0, as follows:
Go to "Configuration Panel" -> "Install / Remove Programs" -> "Microsoft Sync Framework 2.0 Core Components" -> "Modify" -> "Repair"

Click to expand...

You may additionally need to repair the "Provider Services".

"Configuration Panel" -> "Install / Remove Programs" -> "Microsoft Sync Framework 2.0 Provider Services (x86) ENU" -> "Modify" -> "Repair"Click to expand...

For XP, I believe that would be - control panel > add remove programs > search for the components and... > click on change > and then repair.

For more information, consult the linked thread on the Microsoft forums, as I neither have a Samsung device nor do I have SyncToy currently installed here.

Perhaps someone here is directly familiar with the issue.


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im trying to create disk image but every time it failed with the next error message:0x81000033.what can I do?

A:create disk image failed

it's because you don't have enough space in the hidden system reserve partition, first can you make us a print screen of your disk management...right click on computer icon > management > disk management > right click on the reserve partion and show us property like in my image

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I now get this on boot-up, I click OK, & it then proceeds normally, as far as I can tell,..........what the?


A:"Failed to create socket"

Run Adaware and Spybot S&D.
Run their web-update first before you do the scan in each program.
Let them fix what they can.

Then go here and download 'HijackThis!'.

Unzip it, launch Hijack This, then press Scan, and press Save Log

This will generate a text file that will list all running processes, all applications that are loaded automatically when you start Windows, and more.

open that file
Go to Edit | Select all
Now click Edit | copy to copy it

Do not change anything just yet
Come back to the forum, Right Click and paste its contents here

We'll have a look at it.

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i've attempted to install this thing about 10 times. i have my D drive ntfs formatted, i have 1G ram, a 3.2G Athlon... it has failed to install at "Expanding Files 27%..." every time. THIS TIME it gave me an error, "failed to open windows image". can anyone help me understand what might be happening here?


A:installing - "failed to open windows image"

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I'm having a lot of trouble with this western digital hard drive, originally it was for a sky box I took it out and I want to use it for my PC, I've tried formatting the disk via command prompt but I'm having no luck.

Got this when trying to create a new volume/partition
VDS fails to write boot code on a disk during clean operation. Error code: [email protected]
In partition wizard, I'm getting "bad disk"

A:Disk wont create partitions/volumes at all, "An I/O device error."

Most likely your Hard Drive is getting or is corrupt. Go to the website of the manufacturer and test your drive.

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Is it possible to create a WevDAV server in my windows 7 Enterprise SP1, using IIS 7.5?

I have several devices (including iPAd with iOS 5) which need a WebDAV to interchange or save files in a (home) "cloud disk".

A:Howto create a WebDAV "cloud disk" in my Win7 Enterprise Using IIS 7

Just trying to help you here but people are probably not responding because you might need to find a forum that specializes in IIS. But, come to SevenForums frequently because we a large helpful community!

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i just had my satellite fixed and i want to create a disk to backup everything that i have on my has only the things that came with the computer on it."fresh installation" and i need to know what kind of disk, and how do i know exactly what to back-up? never backed up anything i use a dvd disk? and if i use a regular cd-r will it fit everything on one disk ? thanks in advance for any help!

A:"new toshiba satellite" how do i create a backup disk before i start using computer.

there should be an article in the manual you have,DVD-rs usually and how many depends on how much data you got

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Hi, yes, sorry- a request for help with WEI/Winsat. I've looked at this from time to time, but cannot find the error listed on the internet.

In an elevated command prompt:
winsat formal
- fails (aborts)
Error: Cannot create formal lines for the disk assessment
ERROR: Access is denied.

I don't understand and can't find out what that means.

Now these commands do work:
winsat media -input C:\Windows\Performance\WinSAT -xml media.xml
winsat features
winsat cpu - compression
winsat mem -mint 4.0 -maxt 12.0 -buffersize 32MB -xml memtest.xml
winsat dwm -xml dwmtest.xml
winsat dwm -xml C:\Windows\Performance\WinSAT\dwmtest.xml
winsat mfmedia -input C:\Windows\Performance\WinSAT\winsat.wmv -xml C:\Windows\Performance\WinSAT\datastore\mfmediatest.xml
winsat disk -seq -read -drive c
winsat disk -seq -read -n 0
-xml C:\Windows\Performance\WinSAT\datastore\disktest.xml

At the GUI level, I see
Click Windows Experience Index: Unrated
New hardware detected
Your computer has a windows Experience Index base score of ?
Subscore, Base Score - no figures.

Last Rating: %LastChecked%
Manage startup programs no
Adjust visual effects no
Adjust indexing options no
Adjust power settings no
Open Disk Cleanup no
Advanced tools works
Security Center no
Problem Reports and Solutions no
Learn how you can improve... no
View & print no
Learn more no
View software no
View ways no
What do.... Read more

A:Winsat - "Cannot create formal lines for disk assessment"

Some more info:

1. I've found I can sometimes persuade it to show a WEI score of 1.0.
2. If that is true, then Performance Information and Tools shows 'Refresh'
(New hardware detected)
3. If I hit 'Refresh', an attempt to compute WEI is made.
4. The links on the page which didn't work then do.
5. That fails as before with the Access denied message when a disk assessment is attempted.
ERROR: can't crate disk assessment command line: Access is denied.
appears in the log file (spelt as such).
6. Note, I only see that error if the formal assessment is attempted (refresh, or winsat formal from an elevated command prompt)
7. This is a laptop, no hardware changes per se, though drivers have been added & updated.
8. I did try updating the Nvidia driver, but it didn't work, and is again the HP build.
9. winsat can write log and xml files to C:\Windows\Performance\Winsat, so the Access denied doesn't seem to refer to that. Maybe to the registry?

Vista 32 bit, Home Premium, up to date.

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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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brand new laptop. HP. 17e UEFI +GPT etc.
upgraded to 8.1 from 8, first thing.
then clicked on the MS, create recovery. (in blind hope of a clean 8.1 restore)
inserted (32gb stick) (later found out is illegal windows 8 version, that is not removable.) SD-extreme, 32gb. list on toms HW, as winner of all, (and is useless for this app)
so i pull out my very old SD cruiser glide, 32gb (old , slow and not win 8 cert (a good thing)
yes all 32gb extremes are mapped as HDD not removable media and is doomed. (known on all forums)
but same error. (humm) the cruiser shows up i device manager under removable media....btw
but i want to find out why the missing files error.
i have a HDD and SSD, with latter mirrored. both the orig, HDD fails and SSD fails. same way.
i parked the HDD , and run only SSD. but both fail... (my guess is , upgrades 8.0 to windows 8.1 is cause)

now the screen,

my simple questions, how can i find the log of these errors, it's not in event viewer.. oddly
sfc/ scannow works. as does chkdsk, and restore (create) works,. and system is Fast a lightning.
all HP apps works, cept there version of create disk for same reasons,

please help me. thanks for reading.
ps, my HP create recovery now works on the GLIDE. (old very old 32gb stick i had laying about)
so now im thinking HP? blocks the MS create so you will use theirs?

but id love to know this, what files are missing....

A:windows "create recovery disk" fails.

How can you have a brand new laptop with an "illegal" 8 ?

You may be right about HP affecting the recovery drive process. Possible they have linked to their own version of recovery drive creator or similar.

Also possible your winre.wim isn't registered.

Try running reagentc /enable at an elevated command.

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

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

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

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

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

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

So--try this:

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

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

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

It should calculate how much space it will recover.

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

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

Report back with available space.

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

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

A:Action Center "Check backup disk space" alert

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

Someone? Anyone?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I keep getting an error message that says "Cannot copy (filename): There is not enough free disk space. Delete one or more files to free disk space, and then try again. To free space on the drive by deleting old or unnecessary files, click Disk Cleanup".

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

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

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

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

It will be cake to copy an entire drive.

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I use microsoft office 2007 My computer is dual core 2.53 Ghz 3 GB memory and I have 91.4 GB free disk space.
I am using Windows XP Professional Version 2002 Service Pack 2
I work a lot with word and did not have any problem. Now i have a problem with one particular file that I can not open and I always get the error "There is not enough memory or disk space to complete the operation. " When I try to open the file File size is not so big 652 KB Any ideas what I can do.


A:Solved: "There is not enough memory or disk space to complete the operation."

What type of file? Where did it come from?

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

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Hello. I am having trouble with a message in Action Center in Windows 8.1. It is saying "Check Backup Disk Space" and I cannot hide the message. I had Windows 7 File Recovery setup with Windows 8.1, but now after the upgrade, the message is "stuck." Can this be fixed? These two links explain it perfectly:

Windows 8.1 Update - Check backup disk space - Microsoft Community

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

Please help. Thanks.

A:"Check Backup Disk Space" Error Windows 8.1

See picture:

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

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

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

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

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

thanks alot,


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

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

Hope that helps :)

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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?
What intrigues me most is the fact that there is no further information in the error message on what or where is missing... Read more

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

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

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

Thank you

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

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

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

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

can any tell me why its doing this?


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

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

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

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

Thanks guys


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

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

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

The problem is...I noticed that instead of freeing up disk space, it took up more. How can I remove this trial completely to free up space?

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

ellaphant5 said:

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

This can be a problem.

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

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

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

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

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

Who made this PC?

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

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Is it possible this can do any harm to my computer?


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

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

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I first notice my notebook begins to have this issue when I tried to update my Windows. It returned me with error code "80070008", which says that my computer might have run out of memory, however, there are 200GB space available
in my C: drive, and I am only using 27~30% of my RAM out of 8GB.
I tried to perform DISM 'ScanHealth' and it returned me "Error: 8 - Not enough storage is available to process this command".
At first, I tried to ignore this issue as I thought it did not cause me any major trouble. But I was wrong. Several USB devices become unresponsive (yellow exclamation icon at Device Manager).
When I tried to manually install drivers, that's when I found out it was this STORAGE insufficiency again that cause me trouble:

"Windows found driver software for your device but encountered error while attempting to install it.  - Not enough storage is available to process this command".
Some of my programs also become incredibly laggy ever since this issue arises, yet I don't know where the problem lies. 
At Event Viewer... I noticed several error messages regarding
"Windows was unable to load the registry. This problem is often caused by insufficient memory or insufficient security rights. - DETAIL: Not enough storage is available to process this command".
I also caught a glimpse of one error that I think stated more clearly:
"Application popup: Windows - Low On Registry Space: The system has reac... Read more

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Hi everyone,

I want to create a bootable CD/DVD that will restore all system settings.....just like "Restore" in Windows OS, but I want the restore program to be run seperately from a bootable disk with the restore point info on it.....

The reason that I want this is that I've encountered two Virtumondes in the past year......both cut off my access to OS restore, registry, safe mode, and Windows Recovery Console. If I had a restore application with a restore point on a bootable disk, it would have saved me an unbelievable amount of work......

Bootable disk images are not an option with all that I have going on my system......for example, I've wasted alot of valuable time trying to create bootable disk images on 10-20 disks......only to find out the hard way that system changes made them unusable.....

I know there is a reletively easy way to do this......but all the MS help and info is just confusing me......

If someone could give me the step-by-step instructions on how to do it......or give me a link to some clear instructions on how to do it......I would forever be in your debt...... :)


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

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


A:"Compress drive to save disk space"

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Windows Update trying to install KB2976627, continually receiving error that I do not have enough disk space remaining to install the update. My OS Drive has 75 GB Remaining. Does anybody have any idea what causes this problem and how to remedy it?

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

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

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There's not enough disk space on drive C where Nero 7.57 is installed; but, there is on drive E. I set Nero's cache folder to E:\NeroTemp and and Windows temp and tmp environment variable to E:\Temp where there is over 100 Gigs of free space and restarted the computer; but, there is no change with Nero's insufficien-disk-space error.

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

What to do?

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

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

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

I need help.


Doug. Bell

A:Fake "Low Disk Space" error message

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

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

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

Hi Rachel3790 and welcome to TSF !

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

Which program did you use to backup your system drive ?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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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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Hi all. Earlier today I was playing around with Windows 8 Developer Preview inside of Virtualbox. I tried to install the VB guest additions (which allows copy-paste between guest and host, as well as other things) and was told to restart the computer. So I restarted the VM and got the new version of the BSOD saying something or other that I cant remember now. After trying to fix it with the recovery tool that came with the Win8 installer, I just chose to reset it because I hadn't really done anything. So I reset it, whoopdie-doo, and kept messing around with it. After a while I got bored of the ugly Metro UI and went back to Windows 7 ( I just closed the VM).

Now that I've bored you enough with background info, here's my problem. I reboot my laptop and I can't boot... "Windows has failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause. To fix this problem: <instructions in how to use the recovery disc to repair the computer>. If you do not have this disc, contact your system administrator or computer manufacturer for assistance. File: \Boot\BCD Status: 0xc000000f Info: An error occurred while attempting to read the boot configuration data."

So, I whip out my handy-dandy thumb drive that can boot into live Kubuntu, Fedora, GParted, and the Windows 7 x64 recovery disk. I've used the recovery disk before to fix my MBR a while back and it worked perfectly. So I assumed it would do its thing now.... right? Wrong. It searches for Windows inst... Read more

A:"Windows failed to start..." Recovery disk is unable to recover Win.

Nevermind! I fixed it!

The recovery disk I had on my thumb drive just didn't want to put as much effort into it as recovery disk I burned to a CD a while ago (I downloaded the ISO for the recovery CD from NeoSmart while they still hosted them for free, but I downloaded the ISO on my USB from some other website I can't remember). While doing some housecleaning (it's pretty sad to see me do such a thing- I'm either really stressed or really happy whenever I house clean) I found an old Windows 7 x64 recovery CD that I had downloaded from before they stopped hosting it in favor of some paid service. I decided to give it a go, and it worked! In the third paragraph of my original post, I said that the Recovery Disk on my thumb drive told me "Failed to Save Startup Options", but with the Recovery Disk I burned to the CD, it told me to reboot my PC and (after waiting about 10 minutes for the System Restore to check and double check itself, and then reboot again) I'm back in Windows 7!

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

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

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

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

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

A:Solved: "not enough free disk space"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I have an Acer Aspire T1 2OE

A:incessant "low disk space" warnings

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


A:"Lost" hard disk space

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

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

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


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

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


A:The dreaded "Low Disk Space" message

bumping this hoping to get some help

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

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

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

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

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

Any ideas?

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

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

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

Please help.


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

A:Solved: Notice of "Low Disk Space"

Hi referee07,

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

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

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

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

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


A:Changing the Disk Space Bar "Low Level"

Quote: Originally Posted by muzicman82

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

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


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

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Hello, my name is AmalM and I'm new here.

I have two internal HDDs. One is a Samsung and the other is a Western Digital Caviar.
The WDC has the problem. There were three partitions in it. One day when I turned on my PC, I couldn't see any of those partitions in "My Computer". It's detected in both BIOS and Disk Management. When I checked Disk Management, it showed "Error".

So I download Western Digital Data LifeGuard Diagnostics and checked my HDD. Quick test failed:

And the Extended search said that there are some bad sectors and asked me to fix it. I pressed Ok. And when I went to Disk Management again, it says " Import failed" :

And then I used TestDisk:

Here it shows my lost three partitions.
I pressed p and I could see all my files. So, I thought there's some hope and I came here:

Here, I selected "write" option and pressed y:

And this message showed:

Please help me fix that drive. 3/4 of my files are in it. Please help me.
I think it happened because one of the wires to the HDD was loose. I fixed it now. I changed the wires.
If you need any more details from me, please reply.
Please help me.

A:HDD shows "Import failed" in Disk Management

Oh my god!
When I right clicked the Disk and clicked "Offline" in Disk Management, it showed some error but the partitions are now back:

But one partition is still missing. And you can see it as "Unallocated space" in Disk Management. How do I recover it?
Anyway, I got these 2 partitions. Now, I'm confident that I'll get the other one too. Thank god.

EDIT: The partitions which came back are now shown as Read-only. How do I change it to Read/Write?
I still need help. Please help me.

EDIT: The last partition also came back after I rebooted my PC. Now the only problem is that these partitions are Read-Only. How do I change it to Read/Write? Please help me.

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"pri master hard disk: s.m.a.r.t. command failed
Press f1 to continue"

I get the above error when I turn on my computer, but when I load windows after pressing f1 everything seems to be fine, do I need to worry about this? It started occuring after I installed my q6600 cpu last night.

A:"pri master hard disk: s.m.a.r.t. cmd failed" error

If your drive or PC is still under warranty, I would have the drive replaced. The SMART diagnostics are used to tell you if the drive is running outside of the specs designed by the manufacturer. If the drive goes outside the specs, then there is usually a 72-hour timeframe before the drive fails completely.

But with the error you are getting, it sounds like it's an error with the SMART diags themselves - which should be replaced anyway.

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I'm getting this stupid error when trying to view: Control Panel\System and Security\System

"The page failed to load"

Don't know if you need it but I added a HJT log...


A:"The page failed to load" Control Panel\System and Security\System

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How to remove the "Authenticated Users" "Create Folders" permission from the root of the C Drive via command-line?
I know this question has been asked many times before, but nothing works for us!
We tried the following:
Take ownership: I cannot take ownership using the Administrator account (local and Domain Admin accounts) of the root C:. Error Access Denied
Cuurent root C: owner is TrustedInstaller and acnnot be changed.
We cannot change or remove the Create Folders permission of the Authenticated Users of the root C: . Error Access Denied.
Drive C: is hidden via GPO, but many users can enter it from the File-Explorer and create folders in the root C:.
We do not want -for many reasons- to Block/ Prevent Access to C: via GPO.
We also tried to run cacls and/or icacls under the system-account (PSEXEC -i -s -d CMD). Error Access Denied.
icacls C:\ /deny *S-1-5-11:(NP)(AD)
Error Access Denied.
icacls C:\ /remove:g *S-1-5-11
Error Access Denied.
cacls c:\ /e /c /R "Authenticated Users"
Error Access Denied.
Also using GPO "Computer Configuration\Security Settings\Restricted Groups ..." does not work!
Now we have this issue on over 450 pc's on our network. Nothing work. Please help! How to remove the "Authenticated Users" "Create Folders" permission from the root of the C: Drive on command-line?


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

I've had an older computer (HP Pavilion a408x) out of commission for a while due to a 'sploded psu. I finally get around to ordering one, install it and everything is good. I bring it back to my office and hook it up to the internet and as expected there's updates. So I up date it and after the updates are installed the computer restarts automatically (weird yes) and as it's coming back on it detects errors and runs CHKDSK. So I let it run and it gets to part 2 of 3. At this point in time my partner is really needing to print sometime and all computers print through this computer. So after about 45 minutes CHKDSK is still on part 2 at only 15%. So I'm like "screw it" and manually shut down and restart. It's at this point I get a "primary master hard disk failure" at the boot screen. Letting start up continue I get a "Stop : c000021 unknown hard error \systemroot \system 32 \ntdll.dll" At this point I realize something is delectably wrong.

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

Here's what I found ou... Read more

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

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

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


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Ok, I built a PC a month ago and everything seemed find no problems of any sort. The other night I defragmented my hard drive and shut it down and turned it on today to a memory test and the message "Disk Boot Failure, Insert system Disk and press enter"

The computer has access to the XP pro w/ sp2 disk only as a boot device but it will not recognize it now.

I have set Cd-rom as 1st for boot sequence then hard drive I have no floppy drive and the bios has been configured to know that.

I am not sure if this means anything but in the bios the IDE Channel 0 Master says none and when I try to turn on auto detection it wont detect a hard drive.

The HDD is fully connected and has not been touched since I installed it a month ago.

I have this awful feeling that I fried the HDD when I defragmented it last night.

Any help would be very much appreciated. But please be simple this is my first build and my knowledge at this sort of thing is very very sketchy at best.

A:Error message "Disk Boot Failure, Insert system Disk and press enter" on first build

The first thing to do would be to get a new data cable for the herd drive and see if that fixes it, they are nice and cheap nowadays.

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I just built this new computer (everything new) but when I start it up it gives me this message, and I cannot open my disc (probably not recognised?). Please help resolve this.
Btw. no operation system installed or so.

my computer:
CPU: intel i7 920
Motherboard: gigabyte GA-ex58-ud5
Sata-II hdd
+ cd writer is SATA as well

Could it be that I need to update my bios somehow? I highly doubt it's the hardware as it's all new

A:"disk boot failure, insert system disk and press enter" But CD-drive won't open

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I had a fresh install of 7 and everything was working fine.
All of a sudden it starts randomly freezing and programs start responding.
I got KERNAL_PAGING_ERROR BSODs etc. and got a new disk, thinking it was that.
After cloning the new disk which didn't work, and produced loads of errors on chkdsk, I decided to do a clean install of 7.

I still keep getting "Disk boot error, insert system disk and press enter", and when it does boot, it freezes all the time and every time I click the start button, it basically crashed and is messed up.

Tried new SATA cable and ports. Any ideas?

A:Windows 7 freezing, "Disk boot error, insert system disk and press enter"

BIOS settings or Motherboard issues?

Have you checked with the manufacturer website for the Motherboard that you have the Windows 7 drivers?

Is your Windows 7 DVD a retail copy...or the pre release BETA....or dodgy(in which case problems might lie there)

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Hello everyone, been lurking for a while, but first time posting because I could use some help. I tried looking through other threads, but nothing seemed to help. I was downloading a game off of Steam, and my family computer just crashed. It apparently restarted itself, and presented that disk boot error message. Tried restarting again using ctrl+alt+del, and same situation occurs. I go into the BIOS screen, and try to use the auto detect to identify the drive, but it is not identified. All of the cables are working correctly, as I plugged a different drive into them and that drive booted fine. Btw, the hard drive is a western digital 5000AAKS.

I'm running an AMD Athlon 64 Processor 3800+, 2412 MHz, 2 gb of ram, Windows Vista Home Basic. Its a Compaq SR5110NX. I'm not overclocking it or anything, just downloading a game, and then this happened. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

A:Another "disk boot failure insert system disk and press enter" thread

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just like the title says my HD crashed and i could not boot on the computer i put in a new HD and tried to boot it would not work. i would see the HP screen but then i would get the error. it is a 810a model and help would be extremely appreciated. and if you really know you can email me at <email removed>

A:Installed new HD now getting "disk boot error inset system disk & press enter"

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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.


A:Problem: "Disk Boot Failurs, Insert System Disk and Press Enter"

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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My Win 7 installation is very unreliable with lots of problems concerning wake up from standby, ATI display driver crashing often and several other glitches. So I decided to do clean restart, wipe out my Win 7 installation and do a complete new install.When I choose my former Win 7 partition, I always get an error message (I hope my translation is correct):"Setup couldn't create a new system partition or couldn't find an existing." There's a hint to look for the installer log, but I couldn't find it.I tried the follwing:1) Deleting the partition2) Deleting the partition and reformating with NTFS3) Deleting the partition from PartedMagic, watching for a hidden partitionNothing helped. I'm always get stucked with the same error.So, what can I do? Any suggestions? Are there some files or partition informations left which I also have to delete? Windows 7 x64 - Gigabyte EP-45-DS3 (Intel P45 chip set), 4GB RAM, ATI 4670

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Eventual goal: Windows/Linux dual boot

Intermediate goal: Clean install Windows 7 (upgrade from Vista) using a pre-SP1 Upgrade disk or a Digital River .iso with SP1

I have been reading for days but these questions remain concerning System Reserved partition:

1.) Will the Windows 7 Installer accept and use a [200 MB] System Reserved partition that I myself create at the start of Installation using the diskpart utility - but which it normally seeks to create on its own? I understand that the "select Language" installation step is where to do this.

I will pre-designate it as an *active* 200MB NTFS partition with a System Reserved label. I want it to be 200MB instead of the standard 100MB just to be cautious.

To try to compel acceptance of this configuration, I will create a second NTFS partition over all remaining space and which will be shrunk later (very soon) to make space for Linux Mint.

- Is it an error to pre-designate this as "Active" with diskpart? I saw one comment that the Windows seeks to make "the first active partition" as the System Reserved partition.

- Will pre-designation as "active" cause any dangers at next boot up process? If I don't pre-label it as "active" I worry that the Windows installer might not pick it up as the System Reserved partition.


ALTERNATE OPTION: (Single C:/ partition for Windows; no SysRsrvd)

2.) If I forego creation of the System Reserved partition -- by u... Read more

A:"System Reserved" - Options to Skip at installation or Create at 200MB

If you create 200mb sys reserved, mark it active and 7 will install boot critical files to it.

Is it better to have a System Reserved partition present on a dual boot system?

No, it doesn't matter.

can a Windows/Linux dual-boot system be successfully configured on a system where the boot files are present on the C:/ drive (Windows)?


What might be the boot load (Win or Linux Grub, etc.) issues or problems I would meet with a "single partition" Windows OS?

None. You can let grub2 install to mbr and use the grub boot menu to control evrything, or you can install grub2 to the linux partition, then add it to windows boot menu (That is what I do, but just slightly complicated).

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Last night after 8 hours of toil, I finally completed a clean install using a usb drive on my asus ux32vd using the brand new SSD drive I had just bought. The reason it took so long was I kept getting this error -> "Setup was unable to create a new system partition or locate an existing system partition." What I did to finally get it to install was get to the c prompt during the installation and run diskpart and make the integrated 32GB SSD 'offline' and then I selected the SSD and used the 'clean' command and left the SSD unpartitioned and raw. I had read that with SSDs on a clean install you should leave it raw and windows will install on it. And it worked.

Now here's problem number 2, which feels worse than problem number 1. After installing everything went swimmingly. I started updating drivers, etc. I got to the point where I needed to do a Windows Update. There were 91 things that needed to be updated/installed. So I ran update with all 91 and that went fine until it went to restart - it wouldn't boot into windows. Instead it kept going into that startup restoration program over and over saying it couldn't fix the problem. I tried to delete the updates manually through cprompt by running dism, but this failed and I figured to hell with the hassle I'll just reinstall Windows since I know how now and then update windows one update at a time.
BIG MISTAKE. I tried doing EXACTLY what I had done before - doing diskpart, offlining the integr... Read more

A:"Setup was unable to create a new system partition or locate existing"

The steps to get a perfect reinstall are now a tutorial at Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7.

To troubleshoot your install, unplug all other HD's and peripherals, boot into BIOS setup, check that the SSD is set to boot first, set SATA controller to AHCI to try install - later try IDE mode if necessary.

If this fails, Clean again and define a Primary NTFS Active partition as shown in Step 2.2 of SSD - HDD Optimize for Windows Reinstallation. Close the Command Box, Install Now to the partition created.

If these fail post back at exactly what step and any verbatim error message: Clean Install Windows 7

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Let me start off my saying I've installed this exact copy of windows 7 before on this computer with no problems and it worked for years. I'm trying to install Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit version when I run into this message "Setup was unable to create a new system partition or locate an existing partition." So I search and find a solution in these forums (Setup was unable to create a new system partition) I do that but I get stuck on "format fs=ntsf". I'm getting a message error saying "The arguments specified for this command are not valid." What do I do? I googled but found several different answers and didn't fully understand some if them. Any help would be appreciated.

A:Error message of "Setup was unable to create a new system partition"

Your syntax is off:

Commands are

SELECT DISK 0 (after confirming Windows 7 target HD #)

If this isn't enough start at the top of Overcoming Windows 7 Installation Failures - Windows 7 Help Forums

If those steps fail then test your hard drive with the maker's HD Diagnostic extended CD scan, followed by Disk Check done from the installer Command Line on a full disk partition your create.

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This is the error i was presented with earlier today when i checked my mailbox. An employee had trouble with his computer and told me that the computer hangs and when hes running system diagnostics he gets short DST failed. My first thought was "chkdsk /r". But when i got my hands on the laptop i tried to boot into windows vista. No problems at all until 10 minutes later everything froze just as described in the mail. Ok, so i booted up a Vista CD, ran chkdsk /r. When done i booted into Vista again 10 minutes went by, 20, 1 hour, 3 hours, 6 hours and nothing happen. Ok so nothing is wrong now it seems. I figured i could run the disk self test now without any problems. But the disk self test goes into SHORT DST FAILED even before it has started. The only logical explaination i have for this is that the error is not correct. And i uninstalled a lot of programs on his computer also and shut down a few unknown services that was not supposed to be there. Everything works perfectly, but im still getting SHORT DST FAILED. So im having a luxury problem here. Anyone familiar with this or have any solutions? Maybe the disk is about to crash? Im scratching my head. Any suggestions are much appreciated.

A:Disk error "Short DST failed"

Backup immediately - you may/may not get further warnings from the system.

Short DST is usually a "spot check" of the disk. So I'd suspect that a non-essential sector is going bad on you.

Run the long test to see if the drive is dying. Do you want to trust the data to a disk that's in the process of failing?

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Hi. Just spent the last 48 hours trying to install a fresh Win 7 on my pc. I used Ubuntu before and formated the drive from GParted in Ubuntu.

I'm running into the error: "setup was unable to create a new system partition or locate an existing system partition"

I have tried:
1. Running through this:
DiskPart <ENTER>
list disk <ENTER>
select disk 0 <ENTER>
clean <ENTER>
create partition primary align=1024 <ENTER>
format fs=ntfs <ENTER> (Will Take a While)
assign <ENTER>
active <ENTER>
exit <ENTER>
exit <ENTER>

2. Switched to a different ISO to test if the first one was corrupted or something.
3. Fiddled with all sorts of USB settings,boot settings etc..
4. Tried that trick of removing the USB stick and putting it back in before choosing which drive to install on.
5. Tried load the ISO to USB with both Windows USB Loader tool and Rufus.

AND on top of all this, I can't access the setuperr.log file since I get "Access Denied" trying to open it.

The drive is an SSD with 120gb capacity, that's all I know about it without opening up the whole body.
I'll be bald if this continous. Pulling my hair like an idiot over this.

Thanks in advance!

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Hey everyone,
I've searched quite extensively and followed quite a few guides on how to install windows 7 with UEFI.
I've got a Dell latitude E6540 laptop with a new WD 500GB blue HD. Every time I try to install Windows 7 Pro x64 I get the:
"Setup was unable to create a new system partition or locate an existing system partition. See the Setup log files for more information."
I've followed the following threads with no avail:
Setup was unable to create a new system partition
SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation
UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 7 with
Any help with this would be very appreciated.

A:Windows 7 x64 "Setup unable to create system partition"

the drive has to be GPT and not MBR, and this still might not work.

Windows 7 is not worth the effort of UEFI, just go Legacy boot and MBR.

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