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How do I "Defrag" my Hard Drive - Dell XPS 8900?

Q: How do I "Defrag" my Hard Drive - Dell XPS 8900?

I've heard it is good to defragment your hard drive, especially for the flight simming that I use my machine for.
But my machine has a SSD for caching fed by a regular hard drive - and the normal defrag utility won't let you at this "hidden" traditional drive.
Is there a way to safely defrag my actual behind the scenes hard drive?

A: How do I "Defrag" my Hard Drive - Dell XPS 8900?

Don't worry about it. The cache SSD is small and used only to store files that Windows needs in a hurry or when memory (RAM) gets full.
Probably gets rewritten frequently, so unlikely to affect performance, even if it ever got fragmented.
If it ain't broke, don't break it!

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I am trying to defragment a portable hard drive (USB 2.0), but the volume is dirty (CHKDSK is scheduled to run on a system reboot), but that isn't going to happen since it's a USB hard drive and isn't "visible" until Windows is in the picture.

What are my options here?

I was able to run CHKDSK on it from the command line, and there were no bad sectors found, so I assume I unplugged it at some point when it was trying to write data. Still, how can I defrag my drive?

A:Can't defrag portable hard drive because it's "dirty"

Hi Asynja,

did you use any switches when running chkdsk from the command line? As long as there are no locked system files on the drive, you should be able to run chkdsk /r /f on it when Windows is running which may be able to detect some problems.

Hope that helps

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I purchased a Dell XPS 8900 Desktop recently with Windows 7 Professional OP System pre loaded. The first thing I did was to make a list of the list of all system components, the date and version of each. Next I went to Dell's Web Site, enter the computer tag number, and created a list of all Dell updates for this computer. Then I downloaded and installed all component updates except the BIOS update which was the same version however there was no date listed for it.
I have experienced hang ups and freezes from the beginning of using this computer and I continue to have the same freezes and hang ups. With the number of complaints of the same problem regardless of operating system you would think Dell Management and sales would recognize that there is a legitimate problem with this computer and assign their engineers to research the problem and issue either a recall or a fix to XPS 8900 users. I am a long time computer professional with over 45 years in the IT community. I have always trusted Dell and recommended their products to family and friends as well as contacts in the IT community and prospective buyers. Dell can either acknowledge the problem with this product and take appropriate corrective action or they can ignore the problem which will not go away but the buyers of Dell products will when the word gets out. I no longer feel comfortable buying or recommending Dell computers to or for anyone.

A:Dell XPS 8900 System Desktop Computer "freezes and hangups".

I'm an IT person as well.  I'm seriously thinking of shifting my loyalty to another brand like HP.  This is outrageous that they are basically ignoring the issue, ignoring my emails and basically saying 'oh well' in the phone calls. 

Go over to the HP forums if you think that it is any better over there.  Lenovo also has their forums. Then tell me it is all roses over "there".

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I have had many issues with this comupter, but my Dell Inspirton 1545 had started to read "no bootable devices" and wouldn't start at all. Now, after buying and installing a brand new harddrive, it reads it again, but only SOMETIMES!

When it gives me options of rebooting or running a diagnostics test, if I switch some stuff around or restart it, or even just leave it alone for a little while, I can start it and it works fine. Except after a short while of using it, it will malfunction and go to "no bootable devices" page again. Tech support says that the hard drive may not be connected properly, but I don't know what to do!

A:Dell Inspiron says "no bootable devices" with brand new hard drive

Probably a silly question, but is anything on the hard drive, like an O.S.? Has the "new" hard drive already been formatted? I'm only asking for sometimes some of my clients will go behind my back and install things like hard drives on their own and try to load an O.S. on them, failing to go through the formatting process, and they in the end either through frustration or embarrassment wind up calling me to drive to their house and fix their problem, like installing the O.S. properly.

Also checking your connections might not hurt, just make sure everything is fitting nice and snug and connected the right way.

(This was just me kind of thinking out loud for you.)

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I am having speed/space issues with my Dell Inspiron 4000 laptop. I'm running Windows XP. The last week or so it has been taking an inordinate amount of time to bring up new windows, change tabs in Firefox, etc., even bringing up the Start Menu takes time and makes a lot of noise. I've also noticed that there is very little space left on my hard drive. I have continued to move photos to a USB key and delete old files, but the space keeps filling up, and I don't know what's causing it. I also had one incident this week where I typed a web address into Firefox (I don't remember exactly which site--something very regular like Facebook or Gmail) and it brought up a completely different site with questionable content (no, it was not a pop-up, and the page I wanted didn't load in a new tab or anything). I am putting a HijackThis log below.

Thank you much for your help!


Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 7:46:50 AM, on 5/8/2010
Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.17023)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\aswUpdSv.exe
C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\ash... Read more

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The hard drive is a Western Digital 320 GB that I've had plugged into this computer before (and worked). Then i got a virus and had to do a recovery of windows.

Ever since then I can't get windows to recognize/show it in my computer. I just "disabled" and "enabled" it in device manager to no effect. I have a C, D, and E drive which are: two partitions on the hard drive, and then the CD drive (respectively).

So i'm stuck, not sure where to proceed since it's obviously not the hard drive itself, I use it on my xbox all the time. What next?

A:External Hard Drive doesn't show up in "my computer" but does in "device manager"

Does it show in Disk Management ? ?
Right clik My Manage...then Disk Management.
Find the drive...right clik it and select Properties.
Report back with your findings.

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infected with "vbs", used "Flash_Disinfector" & folders on hard drive unable to open
i got infected with "vbs" through someone's usb, i ran "Flash_Disinfector", then installed "kaspersky 7", scaned the whole computer, it also deleted vbs trojan. However, after that when i tried to open my computer by clicking on its icon, it did not open, i tried to open it fron strat up, but the result was same. all others like my documents etc were all right, i open my computer through my documents, opened my c drive, when i tried to open further any folder present present in the C drive it gave me the error, that is,this item "1002931234.vbs" that this shortcut refers to has been changed or moved, so this shortcut will no longer work properly. Do you want to delete this shortcut? Howerever all my folders were not having any shortcut sign & it was same with all folders present in all my drives, but when i wrote the name of the folder in the address bar, it opened normaly, so now i cannot open my computer through its icon plus all the folders present in my hard drive. please help me to sort this thing out.


DDS (Ver_09-12-01.01) - NTFSx86
Run by Nadeem_Ahmad at 14:54:49.54 on Sat 03/13/2010
Internet Explorer: 8.0.6001.18702
Microsoft Windows XP Professional 5.1.2600.2.1252.1.1033.18.1975.1542 [GMT 8:00]

AV: Kaspersky Anti-Virus *On-access scanning disable... Read more

A:infected with "vbs", afte "Flash_Disinfector" all folders on hard drive don't open

Hello buct,

It will require more than 1 round to clean the system. Please stay with me until given the 'all clear' even if symptoms seem to abate.

Download ComboFix from one of these locations:

Link 1
Link 2

* IMPORTANT- Save ComboFix.exe to your Desktop


Disable your AntiVirus and AntiSpyware applications as they will interfere with our tools and the removal.


Double click on combofix.exe & follow the prompts.

As part of it's process, ComboFix will check to see if the Microsoft Windows Recovery Console is installed. With malware infections being as they are today, it's strongly recommended to have this pre-installed on your machine before doing any malware removal. It will allow you to boot up into a special recovery/repair mode that will allow us to more easily help you should your computer have a problem after an attempted removal of malware.

Follow the prompts to allow ComboFix to download and install the Microsoft Windows Recovery Console, and when prompted, agree to the End-User License Agreement to install the Microsoft Windows Recovery Console.

**Please note: If the Microsoft Windows Recovery Console is already installed, ComboFix will continue it's malware removal procedures.

Once the Microsoft Windows Recovery Console is installed using ComboFix, you should see the following message:

Click on Yes,... Read more

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i got infected with "vbs" through someone's usb, i ran "Flash_Disinfector", then installed "kaspersky 7", scaned the whole computer, it also deleted vbs trojan. However, after that when i tried to open my computer by clicking on its icon, it did not open, i tried to open it fron strat up, but the result was same. all others like my documents etc were all right, i open my computer through my documents, opened my c drive, when i tried to open further any folder present present in the C drive it gave me the error ( i am including the error meggage in attachment), howerever all my folders were not having any shortcut sign & it was same with all folders present in all my drives, but when i wrote the name of the folder in the address bar, it opened normaly, so now i cannot open my computer through its icon plus all the folders present in my hard drive. please help me to sort this thing out.

A:infected with "vbs", used "Flash_Disinfector" & folders on hard drive unable to open

Hello and Welcome.

We want all our members to perform the steps outlined in the link I'll give you below, before posting for assistance. There's a sticky at the top of this forum, and a

Having problems with spyware and pop-ups? First Steps

link at the top of each page.


Please follow our pre-posting process outlined here:

After running through all the steps, you shall have a proper set of logs. Please post them in a new topic, as this one shall be closed.

If you have trouble with one of the steps, simply move on to the next one, and make note of it in your reply.

Please note that the Virus/Trojan/Spyware Help forum is extremely busy, and it may take a while to receive a reply.

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I just installed a new 60gb hard drive as a back up to put my movie files on,it installed fine and it works fine but i get "windows milenium emergancy boot" when i boot the system up .I don"t know if this error is serious but I do know that the system seems less stable in this boot mode..can someone please help? thanx

A:after installing new "hard drive" it starts with "windows emergency boot"

closing duplicate, view this thread

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I was copying (cut and paste) data from one external hard drive (a 250 GB IDE Maxtor in a Adaptec USB enclosure) to another external (a 400 GB IDE Samsung in a Roswill USB enclosure). During the move. During this move, my Thinkpad T43p encountered a NMI Parity error, to which I'm still unsure what caused it, though I think it may have been my Dock II screwing stuff up. I did memtest 10 times over and my memory passed, so I am assuming its my Dock II. ANYWAYS...

So the NMI Parity error was a blue screen, and I restarted the computer. After the restart I noticed the Maxtor external hard drive was missing from my drive list, and in disk management it show as an uninitialized disk.

Okay, no biggie, I've dealt with this before. I tried using GetDataBack for NTFS, that failed to recover. Also failed were Active Partition recovery, Data Doctor Recovery, File Recovery, Restorer 2000, TestDisk, and ZAR.

I'm guessing my Master File Table is trashed and I can't recover it.

Does anyone have any ideas?

A:"Hard Drive Catastrophic Failure" or "The night is darkest before dawn"

Zar should have recovered it (if the data is recoverable)
Also (you may already realize this now) in future Copy and paste

More recovery tools here

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I used a DriveWire - Universal Hard Drive Adapter (IDE / PATA / SATA to USB HDD Adapter) to hook up A 3.5" Hard Drive (Samsung model HD502HJ) to my desktop in an attempt to get my wife's files off her old desktop machine and merge them into mine. It all started off fine, the drive was recognized and I could see the files when I plugged in the USB cord. I started a NOD32 scan of the drive and a few minutes later a spark flew off my power strip and the fuse blew - looks like a letter opener shorted between two of the plugs. I think I killed the hard drive.

I replaced the power strip and started everything back up. The drive spins, but no longer is recognized by the computer when plugged in (no drive letter for it). Under Disk Management, I see the disk listed as "unknown" and "not initialized". Originally I had the option to right click and select "Initialize", and I was given option to use two partitiion styles (MBR or GPT).. I tried both to no avail, and get the "device is not ready" message.

I can right click select "Offline", and get the same message. right-click "Properties" say the device is working properly.

I plugged in another drive on the hard drive adapter and it works (so it's not the vault of the adapter). I try the same setup on my laptop and get the same results.

So I'm pretty sure I killed the drive. I just care about getting pictures and documents off it. Any advise? I know t... Read more

A:Hard Drive "Not Initialized", "device is not ready",won't recognize

If you have killed the drive, there isn't very much you do about it. Even experts cannot sometimes recover anything, and it's just a wast of money.

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

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What cable do I need to connect my old E228WFP Dell 22" monitor to my new XPS 8900 PC?  The monitor has 15 & 24 pin female connections and the PC has HDMI and DisplayPort connections connection.  And one 24 pin female connection for which I'm not sure the purpose.  Excuse my ignorance...

A:Connecting old E228WFP Dell 22" monitor to new XPS 8900

An HDMI-to-DVI cable?

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In older Windows OS's, I remember you had the "Maintenance Wizard" that let you do a disk cleanup, scandisk, and a defrag all on a regular schedule, and 100% automated (no intervention).

How do I accomplish this in XP-Pro SP2? I tried to put the "dfrg.exe" in the Scheduled Tasks, and it opens it, but it requires user input to actually start defragging (you still have to manually click the "defrag" button, or it won't do anything). Does it involve the Command Prompt?


A:Auto Defrag in "Scheduled Tasks" - How to make it "Autorun"?

Microsoft thinks you can do it: Schedule Defrag in XP

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It's a mole hill of a problem, but it is a bit annoying to have to click on my principal drive ("C") every time I'm doing a "save". I have enclosed an excerpt of a screen shot of my "save as" window to display how the default drive being automatically selected is the "D" drive rather than the "C" drive that I use primarily. To be honest, I don't know whether this can be corrected by a software change, or whether it's the way the two hard drives are connected in my computer.

I'd appreciate it if anyone has a suggestion to offer if there is a way to make my "C" drive the default selection when I attempt to do a save function. Thanks

A:Solved: How do I change default hard drive when doing a "Save as""?

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

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


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


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

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I Just installed my system with Windows XP Pro SP3. But I have a very strange problem.

I have installed hundreds of computers before but have never come accross this, I have 3 SATA drives in RAID and another 1TB drive as a backup souce. Now when I installed I selected the RAID array as the installation destination, and all went fine. But now that I am in windows this is what I see:

As can be seen, my 1TB HD has been set as the C:\ root and the RAID array with windows on as D:\ When installing programs they are directed to D:\

I think this has something to do with the MBR but Ii do not want to go and remove/remake it without been sure first, does anybody know how to sort this mess out please without a reinstall?


A:One hard drive is set as "Boot and the other as "System"...Help

You know i'm not sure. I don't think that you can change the drive letter for the system partition

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"0x80070057" error. I was simply trying to copy a folder or group of files to another hard drive.
Hard drive to Hard drive, no SSD or External was involved.

Any solutions to this issue?

It literally refuses the copying to be performed ...

I'm trying to copy folders/files from a Seagate SATA II 320 GB Hard Drive to a newer Western Digital SATA II 1 TB Hard Drive.

A:"0x80070057" Error copying files from hard drive to hard drive??

Quote: Originally Posted by axelrose

"0x80070057" error. I was simply trying to copy a folder or group of files to another hard drive.
Hard drive to Hard drive, no SSD or External was involved.

Any solutions to this issue?

It literally refuses the copying to be performed ...

I'm trying to copy folders/files from a Seagate SATA II 320 GB Hard Drive to a newer Western Digital SATA II 1 TB Hard Drive.

That error sometimes refers to a read write problem. That could be caused by a controller, too little ram, or a busy cpu.

How bis are the copies?

What does it say in event viewer about it?

There are several ways to find what the problem is. The best is to go into event viewer (type eventvwr in search). Go to the windows log>application tab.

You want to look for critical errors (they have red in the left column ).

When you find them you want to look for critical errors that say app hang, app crash, or anything that relates to the problem.

When you find them please note the event ID, and the source codes and tell us what they are.

Let us know if you need help with any of this.


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I'm planning to install a new 2.5'' SSD in my Dell Optiplex 790 (Mini-Tower). Unfortunately, the original hard drive bracket (3.5''?) has been lost.
As the number of (Dell) hard drive brackets is quite overwhelming me, I'd greatly appreciate any help with finding the fitting bracket.


A:Dell Optiplex 790 hard drive bracket (2.5" SSD installation)

DN8MY = Hard Drive Caddy Bracket Assembly 3.5"R494D = Hard Drive Caddy Bracket Assembly 2.5"

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Need the aforementioned drivers.  I have installed virtually every driver available in the Driver download page inc Control Vault and cannot get the two driver mentioned.

Any help would be appriciated 

A:Need drivers for Dell Latitude E6520 "Broadcom USH" & "Mass Storage Controller" Windows 7 64 Bit

Check under Security for the Broadcom Unified Security Hub (USH - probably a print/biometric reader) for the device that best matches your hardware:
The other "mass storage controller" ... go to Device Manager, right-click the device in question, Properties, Details tab, change dropdown to Hardware Ids and give me the the VEN and DEV ID's (do the same for the above USH device if the driver linked does not work).  

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I just got done using the MS fix it tool to remedy the compress old files hang that occured when you used the disk clean up tool . There were about 20k old files that no matter how many times you ran disk clean up they were never compressed a matter of fact at times I would actually see an "Increase" in files listed in the compress old files line AFTER I did selected "compress old files" clean!!!

So I used the MS fix it tool to solve the problem and guessed it the tool removed the option for "compress old files" ! Now it is no longer there. MS states that they deleted this option to prevent the hang issue. But this is why I want to know whether these old files are actually being compressed when i use the defrag and it says "compacting files" ..

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

A:Is "compacting" files in defrag the same as "compressing old files" in disk clean up?


The 'compressing files' referred to by a defragmenter is the process of moving the files it has put together to the start of the drive.

When defragmenting files, it moves the pieces of the file to an empty space further into the drive. Once it has done this to all the files, it moves them back to the start of the drive as this is generally the fastest part.

This doesn't compress files like the option in disk clean up.

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Sorry if this is the wrong forum.

Yesterday my external hard drive was working fine. Today I open it and there's a new folder called Pfiles...I am not running linux...and a tmp file. I delete the tmp file and try to delete Pfiles but it won't delete. Weird. So I open one of the folders and see that it's now empty, as are almost all of my other folders and subfolders. My daughter's folder however has her movies on the main subfolder, but subfolders in this folder are also empty.

The hard drive is showing half full...exactly what it should assuming I could access all the files. So what can I do? I've enclosed a screenshot of the Disk Management screen for this drive. Thoughts?

Thanks in advance.

A:Help with external hard drive. Files "missing" but still taking up space on the drive

Hi djfl,

External Hard-drives come in different types, some of them are, External storage devices and Automatic back-up devices.

If it is an automatic back-up device then data might be backed-up on the External Hard?drive without user intervention.

If it is an External storage device the files might be hidden. This could be the reason why the external Harddrive is showing half full. We can check if the files are hidden, please use the following link for detailed instructions to unhide folders: Hidden Files and Folders Option - Add or Remove

Please revert back for clarification.

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This week I'm at my in-laws -- and doing routing maintenance on their computers and wireless network -- which includes thorough bumper to bumper scanning of their computers for a variety of things. While doing so with their relatively new Dell laptop I encountered the infamous and incredibly annoying Browser Helper [??] that Dell, in a deal with Google, is installing on new computers.

This "feature" is incredibly annoying when ultimately encountered during the loading of a legit web page. It takes what is presumed to be a mis-typed URL or one that doesn't resolve in the DNS (domain name server) -- including from embedded ad banners -- and instead of returning a standard DNS error, it redirects the browser to a Dell web page with Google search box and a host of click-through adverts. My ISP's home page (which I was using to get to my web mail) was triggering this before the web page could completely load -- as were some web pages on Newegg before that.

Took me a while to sort out what it was as Spybot S&D, Adaware and Hijack This didn't find it (at the least I didn't recognize it in the Hijack This log). Turns out it's not that difficult to get rid of -- but Dell/Google don't make it plainly obvious.

Here's the fix:

Close Internet Explorer (important!)
Fire up the Control Panel
Go to "Add or Remove Programs"
Look for one of these programs (they've used several different program names):
"Browser Addre... Read more

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Ok, so I got a new asus P8z68-V pro motherboard.
Im re-using my current 750gb SATA drive.
I plugged it into the sata port, and start the computer.

When it starts it says "no hard drive is detected!"

I go into the bios, and on the bottom it has a disk drive, and a SATA drive.
It recognizes that the sata drive is there, but when i go to start up it says no hard drive is detected.

I have tried a few different sata ports and it is the exact same thing.
Any idea how to fix it, i am getting very frustrated at this point
thanks a lot

A:"hard drive not detected" but the hard drive shows in bios

is it your windows drive, or an extra storage drive?

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Am I kidding myself that using Google Drive (free) is a good idea for my off-site backup? Every once in awhile I notice its system tray icon is "faded", meaning that it isn't running, probably because I lost the wireless signal on my laptop, possibly because my router seems to require resetting every week or so.

Other than that, I've had no surprises. And did I mention the price? Googling shows failures from both Google Drive and Carbonite, so why pay?

Two weeks ago, I had to reformat my C: partition and so lost the User data that was in it, but I used Ubuntu to copy it onto an external Toshiba hard drive, so, other than the inconvenience, it turned out OK. I didn't consider trying to restore from Google Drive because I felt more comfortable dragging folders onto drive C: after reformat. (I wish I HAD used Google Drive to see how restoring ALL the data would go.)

In the process I learned that Dell Data"Safe" Backup is FAR from it. Took forever to backup, no time at all to FAIL TO RESTORE. Knowing in advance that this is common--i.e., that it is NOT SAFE AT ALL--I used Ubuntu to access the folders on drive C: and copy to external drive.

(Windows backup quit working the day I installed my Seagate external drive. So I wrote my own Java backup program, which seems to work well enough. But since it's not automatic, and since I'm like most people, the backup on it when drive C: went bye-bye wasn't exactly up-to-date. Thank whoever for Ubuntu.)

A:Is Google Drive reliable? Dell Data"Safe" backup is NOT

I suppose any online backup is better than none
But it would be best used as a second or third alternative and not as primary
Mostly the download time would be a deal breaker as you found moving folders is much faster
Or restoring from a local hdd with a system image on it.

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Using a Compaq Presario about 5-7 years old. Just the other day the hard drive started clunking and we are getting mesages that the c drive is unaccessible. The boss is telling me to reformat at which point and time I tell him the hard drive is shot and it's time to buy a new hard drive or computer. Is my hard drive really dead?

A:My hard drive goes "clunk""

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

"The disk in drive D is not formatted"

"Do you want to format it now?"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I'll keep checking this post ... Read more

A:Solved: Hard Drive Files Gone "The disk in drive D is not formatted"

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

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

Any thoughts as to how to change this?

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

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

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

Any solution for me ?

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

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

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Bought an Inspiron 1505 with 100 GB drive, but....Dell installs a partition of some sort that eats almost 25% of C: for that stupid "D:" backup drive!

I cannot seem to access that "D:" drive to eliminate there any possible way to do so without a reformat and all of that?

Thanks for any help on this annoyance!

A:Dell and that "D" drive (backup) thingy!

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I have just bought a new computer with home premium vista 64 bit.

It has all been working well until I tried to do a backup using acronius true image 11. That was when I realised that I can not write to any external devise via USB. Both my hard drives and a USB memory stick come up with the error "device is write protected, remove the write protection or use another device". All these devices work fine on my other computers which run vista 32bit and windows XP.

I have tried using diskpart which didn't work. I then tried going into the properties of the disk, then going into the security tab, hitting edit and clicking on allow write, but says "an error occured while applying security information. E: The media is write protected" I have searched through

I have an MSI P7N diamond motherboard (nForce 780i chipset) with 4gb of ram. 500gb WD HD. GTX 260 graphics card and Intel dual core E8400 CPU. I ahave downloaded and install all the latest vista updates and the drivers for my motherboard.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks for taking the time to read this.


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

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

(I've attached screenshots here for your viewing)

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Also, the properties window correctly shows the duration also:

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

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

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

* bump *

Tricky, this one!

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On one system I am getting this error message once every day or two. The hard drive has over 300GB available. The verbatim error message shows nothing in Google.

It reads:
"The space on the hard drive is running low. Currently only xMB is free. Please free space by deleting unused files."

Now it shows 71MB free. Any thoughts?

A:Error Message "The space on the hard drive is running low" isn't true

so do you have 300 gb? or only 71 mb? because if its 71 mb, u have got some major cleaning to do. I doubt that though, some viruses clutter the hard drive. If you have plenty of room, and your still getting the message then you can follow these instructions to remove the annoying message.

Low Disk Space Warning in Vista - Vista Forums

1. open regedit
2. go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer
3. Right click explorer and then select new then DWORD (32 bit value)
4. name it NoLowDiskSpaceChecks
5. right click it and press modify
6. change its value to 1 in hexadecimal form then press ok
7. log out and back in and message should be gone.

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I was recently made aware, that the data on the disc will vanish overtime due to the fact they are stored in a magnetic way, if the disc is not used internaly. This is the case with my 500GB Seagate disc, that I consider as data storage, and which is just laying on the shelf in a closet.

I wanted to ask what I need to do to prevent it. Do I need only to READ the data off the disc, or do I have to RE-WRITE them to prevent this from happening ? If I only need to read them, is there a command in windows XP terminal, that I could use to do this ? I found a command for MAC to read the whole disc:
sudo cat /dev/rdisk0> /dev/null
but I can't find similar for Windows XP.

The best soslution for me though, would be to use the software to scan the disc, as I want to do it from time to time, to check if everything with the disc is ok. So, would scanning of the whole disc using some software (to find bad secotrs) like for example "[email protected] Hard Disk Monitor" do the trick ? If it would coule be great, as I would cook 2 dishes on a 1 stove.

Thanks guys

A:Refreshing data on a hard drive (to prevent it from "evaporating" over time)

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My portable hard drive is showing all the hidden files and folders on it (the ones prefixed with ".", but not the System Information folder, interestingly). I don't have this trouble with any other drives, or elsewhere on my computer, so it seems somehow to be associated with this specific drive.

Of course I check to make sure that "Show hidden files and folders" is turned off.

A:Portable hard drive shows hidden files (prefixed with ".")

Has the drive ever been connected to a Mac?

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I have a Toshiba Satellite L770. My hard drive crashed, so I went and bought a new one. I replaced it, and once I did I started up the laptop and came to a black screen which states:

"Reboot and Select proper Boot device
or Insert Boot Media in selected Boot device and press a key"

I figured a new hard drive would involve a "clean install", so I inserted my Windows 7 Home Premium OEM 64-bit software DVD, with the same black screen popping up.

I, then, went into the BiOS and switched the boot order so that the CD/DVD drive would boot first, but the same thing is popping up.

Would I need some sort of Toshiba Recovery CD instead of the Microsoft one for this to work? I should mention that prior to replacing the hard drive, my brother wiped everything completely from the computer, so maybe I'm answering my own question about the Toshiba Recovery software. Would just like a second opinion and to see if maybe I'm skipping a step or missing something to get this to work properly as it's a good laptop, and I really do not want to have to buy a new one.

A:Replaced hard drive with new one, "Reboot and select proper boot..."

ISTR the Windows Installer pauses while still at the BIOS level and asks you to press a key to boot from the DVD. If you miss this, the PC will try to boot from the next device, and since the hard drive is blank, you would end up at the error screen you described. If you're not getting this Windows prompt, double-check the BIOS boot settings, and maybe try another bootable CD or DVD, and see if you can get it to work.

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I've just solved a backup strategy problem and I want to share it in case it could be useful.

If you think it's not that good, consider closing or deleting this post ;-) !

I use my laptop in many circumstances : office, my home, other homes, etc. Sometimes with internet access, sometimes not.

I can't feel safe with only one hard drive running, but laptops with 2 bays are big and hard to find if you want to set a RAID mirroring solution.

I don't want to carry external hard drive every where even if they could be small.

But I have one or two hard drives available when I'm at my office or home.

When I'm not there, I could rely on a USB key or SD card inserted in my laptop anytime to faike a mirroring. But of course it's too small to backup all I want : it has to be differential.

So here is my solution build on powershell and robocopy.
Following script should be launched automatically or manually after correctly set.

It looks for any folder name $BckFold (for full backups) and $PartFold (for partial backups) on any hard drive found and launch appropriate backups.

If it's not clear, just ask.

Hope it could be useful to someone...


[ EDIT 2012-03-13 ] ! Please use version 0.1 in the following reply !

# -----------------------------------------------------------------
# ------------------------ MVBACKUP -------------------------------
# -----------------------------------------------------------------
# Laptop backups management, by Tana... Read more

A:Laptop backup strategy / SD card anywhere + "big" hard drive at home

It looks like robocopy sometimes do not handle Archive attribute correctly with /M option.

I tried many options without success. Piping robocopy to attrib.exe is not solving it because it returns destination files (not source files), so here is my work around to have partial backups really partial !

I launch attrib.exe -A just after robocopy full backup. The only problem with this is that if the backup takes a lot of time and you change a file during robocopy execution, it might not be copied and then unset archive flag by attrib. So be careful with the first backup : you should launch it and give it some time...

Here is version 0.1 corrected :
EDIT (19/03/2012) : Version 0.2.

# -----------------------------------------------------------------
# ------------------------ MVBACKUP (0.2) ------------------------
# -----------------------------------------------------------------
# Laptop backups management, by TanaT.
# Created 2012-03-03.
# Version 0.2 (2012-03-19) : Corrected following trouble : Function
RemoveItem doesn't work properly in recursive mode and -force option
is not enough to get rid of confirmation prompt.
# Version 0.1 (2012-03-13) : archive atttribute handled despite a bug
# in some robocopy versions.
# 1. Complete SETTINGS part with the folders you want to backup.
# 2. Launch the script manually anytime you want or automatically with
# control panel/Admin tools/Tasks scheduler.
# Any time the script is launched, it looks for available Des... Read more

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I have a new Gateway laptop and all last week I was using it to connect to my home pc using Remote Desktop. I noticed a few times that after shutting the lid to the laptop and walking away when I would come back and open the lid the laptop would be froozen. I wonder if it was becuase I was leaving the remote desktop connection open and then the laptop would go into sleep mode and it woudnlt wake up properly?? Either way the only way I could unfreeze it was by restarting the lapt by forcing it to power down. Well, the last time it happened after I held the power button and forced a shut down when I powered it back on it said "Disk Read Error". I have yanked the drive and connected it via usb to my dekstop pc. The drive shows up in disk management but has a red circle in the top left hand corner of the partition and doesnt' show up in my computer. I put the drive back in the laptop and booted of an XP CD and choose the "repair" option. I tried to do a "MIXMBR" but got a return message that NO partition could be found. Does anyone have any ideas how I can recover from this?? I have Acronis disk director suite installed on my desktop pc and I can reconnect my laptop hard drive to the desktop pc but I don't know if it can do the job. Does anyone have any ideas I really can't afford to loose my data. Please Help.

A:SATA Laptop Hard Drive "Disk Read Error"

This thread can be closed as #1 the issues has been resolved and #2 it doesn't look like anyone will be repying anyways.

Now, in the case that someone does stumble onto this thread here is an update....
Turns out the hard drive was physically damaged (or so I'm told). Since there was sensitive data on the drive I was being extra cautious and after removing the drive and connecting to another pc and seeing the drive but not the partitions or data I didn't even try FixMBR or anythinhg else becuase I didn't want to take the chance of further damage. I took the drive to a data recovery specialst who was able (for a small fee ofcourse) to recover the data. Since the laptop is still under warranty I took it into the store I bought it and told them the sit. Tehy gave me a new hard drive on the spot and I have now restored it back to normal. Thank You all and goodnight.

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I'm trying to wipe/secure erase my computer hard drive and put it back to factory settings--the computer is getting sold. From reading the forums, I realize I can use clean all or other programs to write over the "deleted" data with ones or zeros.

However, my plan of action was to:
1. Use system recovery to put the computer back to factory settings
2. Create a system image
3. Use clean all from the command prompt to wipe the drive
4. Reinstall Windows 7 via installation CD
5. Restore via system image

The one problem is that I don't know if a system image saves absolutely everything, including data that had been "deleted" and is still present on the hard drive but is designated by the computer to be written over. I'm worried that if I do this, I'll just be undoing my attempt at securely erasing my hard drive and the "deleted" data will still be available for people to find if they tried.

Does anyone know? If this is true, I'll just do all of this and just reinstall the HP drivers and software that came with it manually and the hard drive won't have a recovery partition for the next person.

A:Does a system image save "deleted" data on the hard drive

I'm not sure I follow your steps. I'm missing why you'd install Windows 7, then restore. Do you have a Recovery Disk ?? If not can you still make one ?? If either is yes, then I'd wipe the drive and restore and be done with it.

On the other hand, if I was that concerned I'd probably just put another HDD in it and restore to it.

In answer to your question though, it depends on what you use to capture / apply the image. Imagex, by nature, simply gets the "meat" of the OS install and leaves behind anything else. Other stuff may well carry the "ones and zeros" of deleted data as well. I seem to recall once using a utility that grabbed the entire partition to apply elsewhere. I quit using it because it was more trouble than it was worth.

But by far the most secure method is to replace that hard drive and keep the drive that "might" have recoverable data and use it yourself as a spare or external drive.

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I only want a file tree so that if something happens to the drive I know exactly what was on it. I'd like to do this once a week or so. I do not want to make a copy of the drive contents.


A:Solved: How to tak a "snapshot" of hard drive contents without creating an image?

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I've been getting the "delayed write failed" error message every time I try to backup a DVD with DVD Shrink to my externail USB hard drive. I've backed up a good many DVDs this way, and haven't had this problem before. Meanwhile I continue to be able to copy other, somewhat smaller files (180MB vs 4GB in DVD Shrink) to the drive without any trouble.

When the error message appears it seems that the computer suddenly no longer recognizes anything on the external drive. Sometimes it still recognizes that the drive is there, even tells me how much space is used up on it, but when I look at the files in Windows Explorer, the files show up as empty, or not at all.

When I try to safely unplug the drive, I'm told there's a problem with ejecting the drive, that it can't be stopped right now. I've waited for several hours to be allowed to stop it, but keep getting the same message. I usually turn off the computer and finally unplug it. When I plug it back in, it sometimes autoplays and all the files are there, sometimes it's not recognized at all until I unplug and plug it back in repeatedly.

I've looked online and there are so many people having problems with that error message, I can't make heads or tails of the issue. The only thing I've tried from the Microsoft site is that I turned cache writing off for the external drive (not the internal one) under policies, which I thought is supposed to make it possible to unp... Read more

A:"delayed write failed" during dvd shrink on external hard drive

I would upgrade the Laptop ram to 512 or a gig, see if the problem stops.

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Hi All,

I am new to this community and this is the first time i am posting.

My computer doesn't show volume control in system tray and Audio is completely gone. When I tried to get that from accessories it gives me a message that there are no active mixer devices available and tells me to go to control panel and add hardware.

Let me tell you what I have done so far. I ran msconfig and found "Windows Audio" and it was okay since there was check mark besides it. Alternately I ran %SystemRoot%\system32\services.msc which takes me to the same place and everything seems okay.

Then in control panel - sounds and audio devices - volume tab completely grayed out, on audio and voice tab it says the default device is modem#0 line play back ( I don't know why..!) and same thing for sound recording.

I have been working on this for 2 days but can't figure out. Any kind of help will be greatly appreciated.

And also, none of my USB seems working and doesn't detect any connections like my external hard drive.

Hoping to hear some solution...!!


A:"There are no active mixer devices available" and USB doesn't detect ext. hard drive

Sometimes, it takes a reformat and reinstall to get things working. Others here will have solutions that will sometimes work temporarily. But the complete reformat and reinstall is the most reliable, we have found.
Do you use a USB printer - scan - fax - copier? We find that there is some sort of relationship with this problem you describe, and certain Epson, HP, and Lexmark multifunction printers and USB failures. In those cases, a total uninstall and removal from the registry, then reinstall from downloads seems to be a good fix. In others, the multi-function printer never works right again.

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I ve uninstalled Nitro PDF professional after it expired and reinstall it to register but this msg appears:

"multiple restore hard drive operations damaged the license and the product must be
re-registered #2 "

How can I fix that....I neeeed help

A:FIX "multiple restore hard drive operations damaged the license &...."

Hello Lilia

Is the program currently installed or do you get that error before you can install it?

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I reinstalled Windows XP Home on my primary hard drive. After reinstallation, Windows doesn't recognize my drive with all the data on it. Acronis Dick Director does see the drive however, but I can't explore or use it (I attached an image). Under "Type" is says "None Partition: 0x7 (NTFS, HPFS)". I don't know how to fix this and I really need to get my data back. Is there any way that I can make the drive readable again? Please help.


A:HELP-Major hard drive problem. "None Partition: 0x7 (NTFS, HPFS)"

Can anyone at all help me with this?

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when i edit the "send to" folder in my user profile the shortcuts are not listed. i have file menu tools installed and under the send to section they don't show up either. i searched google for the location of the "send to" folder in the registry but, google is not my friend . i also searched here before posting but...
im using se7enx64 ent.

thanks to anyone who can help me pull my head out,
michael clyde

A:"send to" menu showing hard/removable drive shortcuts

Oh, this is a good one. I didn't know about this until I found it just now:

Hidden Registry Settings for the "Send To" Menu in Windows 7 - The Winhelponline Blog

Scroll down to, or use Ctrl+F to find, the NoDrivesInSendToMenu section.

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I switched my Fujjitsu-Siemens Amilo li-1718 the other day and was met with the dreaded 'operating system not found' message.

I haven't changed anything big recently, and it's more or less been working fine for a long time now.

I had, however, just had it in a bag and moved it across town, so after reading up I thought maybe something might have come loose inside. But I also read that it could be a BIOS problem, and after going in there I noticed that under 'hard drive' in 'main' it said 'None.' Changing it to auto or user didn't seem to make much difference as it still wouldn't load and would always revert back to none.

However, I also read that if the computer keeps resetting itself to an arbitrary time and date that it can be symptomatic of a CMOS problem... my computer had been doing this occasionally for a month or two before this happened.

I also tried making a windows vista recovery CD, and tried to boot off that, but still got the same 'Operating System Not Found...' message.

Basically, I want to make sure i've tried everything before I open the case and go poking around inside, as I'd really have no idea what i'm doing, but i'm hoping it's just a loose wire that will be pretty self-evident when I open it up.

Any ideas?

A:"Operating system not found" - BIOS or Hard Drive error?

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I have recently bought a new hard drive and now I want to remove the old one and just use the new one.
When I remove the old one, I try to start up the PC with the new only, but it stucks at booting, it says "select proper boot device..."

The old one was a 300 GB, WD SATA 2. And the new one is a Seagate SATA 3 1TB. I want to use the old one with an older PC for somebody else, but if I remove it I can't get into Windows.

Windows 7 is installed in the new HDD. The old one is empty, but I see there is still some "System Reserved" partition there which is being used. Here is how disk management looks like:
I want to remove Disk 0 and keep Disk 1 only. I also don't want to lose the data from Disk 1.

Help will be much apreciated. I try to rebuild my old computer for somebody else to use.

A:"Select propper boot device" after removing old hard drive and trying

System reserved partition is essential for Windows to work.Since you have it on your old hard drive and not the new one ,computer asks for it whenever you disconnect your old hdd.
Install Windows on new hard drive with system reserved partition on new hdd.

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athlon 2600+, Gigabyte NNXP Mobo, Windows 2000, adding a new 250Gig slave HDD (Seagate ATA).
Plugged it in and booted up, bios sees it, boot windows, starts hdd install, instead of success message, a message comes up that there was an error with the install and data services were locked, click finish.

Once windows had fully finished booting, no second drive visible, did "find new hardware", and selected exclamation marked hdd, and installed drivers from win update. The hard drive still does not appear in the My Computer drive tree.

Please, does anyone know what's happening here? Can this be fixed?

A:Hard drive instal error "data services locked"

Check your Disk Management. You can find this in:

Control Panel
Administrative Tools
Computer management
Disk Management

It should tell you if it is properly formatted, healthy, or degraded. Post results.

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we got hit with an Ice Storm Tuesday, and it knocked our power out for 2 days. Now that its back up, my computer works fine. My wifes computer on the other hand, not so much !

she got errors that wouldn't allow her to get to the OS, it would go through the first black screen listing all the do-dads ( sorry I'm not all that computer savvy when it comes to hardware ) then another black screen and at the bottom, it says boot from CD:. cant do anything else but put the CD in and boot from there. ( sometimes it tells us that the HD wont support HPA also .. )

She does that and goes through the reformat process and re partitions through the set up and it stats to load. when its done it goes back to set up, at witch point she takes out the CD after F3 and lets the system boot up again with out the CD.

still the same result. I have followed the advise in THIS thread did all the fixboot and etc and we still get the same problems ( thought it did say it created a new boot area on the HD )

in Bios her boot priority is set at : HD, CDROM, Floppy
I have tried to change it to CDROM first and then HD etc etc.
the HD is a Segate 80g and the computer is a custom made but the MOBO is a Gigabyte ( GA- K8NF-9 AMD 64fx/Athlon 64 3200 )
450w Power Supply.

not sure whats going on, I am thinking that's its MOST likely a bad HD, and getting a new one would be the fastest and easy fix ( I just want to know if it might be a diff. problem before I do that ). Your thoughts an... Read more

A:Hard Drive and XP install "issue" - Ice Storm Power knock out

ok after getting a new HD, it seems that the wife's computer is not even seeing the drive at all. I have read through a lot of websites and etc but I'm not all that smart when it comes to hardware and BIOS things. I don't understand why its not seeing the drive ( master and slaves are all none and the utility CD that came from the HD isn't seeing it either...)

Is the Motherboard kaputz ?

or can someone maybe explain how I might try to fix this ?

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About a week ago I noticed that my hard drive, which was previously always pretty quiet, has been making the characteristic data access hard drive "churning" noise (best I can describe it) almost constantly. My computer also has seemed slower than usual and Firefox has crashed a few times. Symantec Endpoint Protection found a trojan file several days ago which I removed without seeing any difference, Spybot S&D has turned up no unusual results, and I cannot find any unknown processes or applications that might be accessing my hard drive. I tried defragmenting my drive in case that was the cause and it made no difference. I'm concerned that I may have some kind of virus or spyware. Thanks in advance.

DDS (Ver_09-03-16.01) - NTFSx86
Run by Kristen at 19:35:19.09 on Tue 05/05/2009
Internet Explorer: 7.0.6000.16830 BrowserJavaVersion: 1.6.0_13
Microsoft? Windows Vista? Ultimate 6.0.6000.0.1252.1.1033.18.3069.1708 [GMT -4:00]

AV: Symantec Endpoint Protection *On-access scanning enabled* (Updated)
FW: Symantec Endpoint Protection *enabled*

============== Running Processes ===============

C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k DcomLaunch
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k rpcss
C:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalServiceNetworkRestricted
C:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalSystemNetworkRestricted
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
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A:Constantly "churning" hard drive, unusual slowness, possible virus?

BUMP, please...?

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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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I recently had to replace my vista Home Premium operating system. I have my photograph stored on two external hard drives. I am able to access the music and documents on the external hard drive, but not the photographs. When I try to open a folder I am given the message that I do not have "permission to access this folder". How can I be granted that permission to ALL the photo folders ( app 50) on that hard drive at the same time? Very aggravating situation !!!

A:how do I get "permission to access a folder" on an external hard drive

Originally Posted by rosemaryheller

I recently had to replace my vista Home Premium operating system. I have my photograph stored on two external hard drives. I am able to access the music and documents on the external hard drive, but not the photographs. When I try to open a folder I am given the message that I do not have "permission to access this folder". How can I be granted that permission to ALL the photo folders ( app 50) on that hard drive at the same time? Very aggravating situation !!!

One tutorial that might help you :
Permission : note - it applies to both Vista and Win 7
Sharing and Permissions - Windows 7 Forums

By the way, is this the message you saw ?

If yes, what would happen if you clicked Continue ?

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My Granddad gave me a computer last year, and when I got it it had 35gb of 64gb filled up already.

I looked for the files taking up all the space for a while but could never locate them, so I gave up and went on using it with only half the HD actually usable.

Move on to today, I'm starting a solidworks class and I need the free space, but I can't find where the files are for the life of me. I tried to see if there was some partition, but when I went under device manager > to the Hitachi hard drive properties it showed a - next to partitions.

How can I delete this unknown file?

Here is a screen shot of a program showing HD usage.


A:"unknown file" taking up 29GB of hard drive.

Go to Start/Run and type diskmgmt.msc and hit enter. In the Disk Management Console you can see if this is a separate partition, like a Restore partition. If it is, you can format the partition but you will loose any chance to Restore in case of disaster. If you really need more space, it would be safer to buy an External USB HDD and store your files on that.

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Hey Gang,

I'm using Norton Ghost 9.0. I'm trying to back up my C and D drives to an external drive. Its a WD Caviar 250 GB. Its Brand New. I got it today from Tiger Direct.

I've Fdisked, Formatted and Scandisked. However when I try to create a backup with Norton Ghost 9.0 I get the following error:

I have Goback on my machine but I've disabled it.

Can anyone help me out?


A:"Externally Altered" Error on Brand New Hard Drive

It sounds like something running on the system has changed a file that GHOST was trying to copy. I don't believe this has anything to do with the new drive, it's something running on your system. Try using the bootable CD to do the backup, that precludes any files being open and/or modified during the backup.

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I mapped a few network drives to different shared folders on my EX485 with the inital 750GB drive installed. Since then, I have installed an additional 2x1TB. However, in Windows 7 it is showing 1.18TB free of 678GB, so it recognizes the correct free space, but is still showing the old HDD total. I've removed the mappings and readded and rebooted both my PC and WHS with no luck. Any suggestions? Thank You!

A:Incorrect "free of" Hard Drive Total Space

My network drive mappings never show the correct free space either. I just ignore it.

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"scanning the BIOS image in hard drive" waht does that mean? its wont allow me to access my computer completely. i cant get into my bios, which is probably cuz of my wireless keyboard. anyone can help me please??? i have an assignemtn due soon and i really need my computer.

A:"scanning the BIOS image in hard drive" waht does that mean?

Hi hedge,

On many motherboards, the image of the BIOS is copied
to the HDD, usually invisibly.

Not to worry.

However, your wireless motherboard may not work right
until after it's drivers are loaded. Consequently, when you
hit the key to get into the BIOS, it isn't seen by the

Use an old fashioned Keyboard to get to the BIOS on that

I had a similar problem installing XP using a fancy keyboard.
Eventually had to use an old keyboard for it to work.

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posting for a friend..
Read a similar post, but resetting system preferences and "taking control" didn't work...

Windows XP laptop

1. His board is fried
2. took hard drive out, put in enclosure
3. transferring data to another external Hard Drive
4. when attempting to transfer "documents" he gets an access denied read out
5. Says he has no option to change system preferences
6. "taking control" hasn't worked
7. right clicking etc. hasn't worked
8. says when he tries to view documents he gets a "documents empty" read out and there is nothing there

He needs this for his business and he isn't exactly computer savvy, any help??

A:"documents" access denied Hard Drive transfer

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I was going through the list of handy free programs ( ) here on the forum. I downloaded and installed a program called crystal disk. It is showing a "Caution" message due to "Reallocated Sectors Count" being at 199.

How much of a problem is this, and what do I need to do about it?

Thank You,


A:Hard Drive Issue - "Reallocated Sectors Count"

Check out the section down on this page S.M.A.R.T. - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
For the definition of Reallocated Sectors Count. It should give you some insight as to what your looking at.

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Hey guys....HELP....i just bought a 30 GB Toshiba Hard Drive for a gateway 450sx4 laptop....i installed it ...and put the ORIGINAL Gateway Microsoft 2000 CD in and it went through process and got to screen stating 1. Install Windows 2. Repair Windows and 3.Esc without repair. I chose 1 and hit enter and it stated "SETUP DID NOT DETECT A HARD DRIVE" what do i do now?????? help...PLEASE...... :dead:

A:Gateway Laptop "Setup Can Not detect a hard drive"

Make sure that you connected the hard drive properly.

Hee is a link to gateways guide on installing notebook hard drives.

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I have an older 80 gig WD external hard drive that has worked fine until this morning when I turned on my computer and it wasnt showing up when I looked in my computer. So I went into device manage and it says this "This device cannot start. (Code 10)"

I tried unistalling, and then plugging it back in. I tried looking for updates. Anything I could think of, but still not able to access anything. It has ALL my music on it and I really really want to be able to get to it.

If I cant get it to work is it possible to transfer data from this one to a new one??

A:External hard drive "This device cannot start. (Code 10)"

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I don't know whether to be worried about this latest development (most bothersome is laptop keeps crashing and fails to complete scheduled AVG test).

Today I switched on and the normal icons for the C drive and extra hard drive that Secon Copy uses have been replaced by what looks like a little red paper aeroplane

Does anyone have any idea what could have caused this and whether it is likely to be something sinister?


PLEASE pardon my extreme dimness. I have just checked programs to add or remove and it seems that the red icon is associated with the Glidepoint driver for the touchpad on my extra, ergonomic keyboard. Though I have been using this for months the icon-swap seems to have occurred since I unplugged the keyboard then re-plugged it in.

Ah well - this might help some other dimbo like me
Best wishes,
Ms Mouse

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Hey all, I recently upgraded from Windows 7 to Windows 8 and I'm loving it, EXCEPT for this one problem I'm having.

Immediately after I upgraded, my external hard drive (WD Ext HDD 1021 3TB) was missing from "My Computer." I never had any problems with this HDD before I upgraded, and the file-system is NTFS.

The external drive is visible in Disk Management, however there is no letter assigned. Right clicking on the drive's partitions in Disk Management shows every option grayed out except for "Delete Volume."

Upon seeing this, I attempted to use diskpart to assign a new letter, however in diskpart the partition type is listed as "unknown" and when I attempt to assign a letter, diskpart says "there is no volume specified." Listing volumes in diskpart only seems to list the volumes on my internal drive, not the external one.

After reading some articles on similar problems, I tried using the program "MiniTool Partition Wizard" to assign a new drive letter, and it seemed to work! The drive showed up in "My Computer" with the correct name and letter, with all my data intact. In Disk Management, all the drive options were still grayed out, but because I could access my drive, I figured the problem was solved.

However, after a short amount of time, the drive became inaccessible. In "My Computer" the drive's name changed from "cmluepke 3tb external (F:)" to "Local Disk (F:)." Clickin... Read more

A:External Hard Drive inaccessible, becomes "Local Disk"

I had this exact same problem with a 16GB Toshiba thumb-drive a few days ago.
I'd been having heat-related shutdowns, and believe this to be what caused the issue in the first place.
Deleting the volume, then re-creating it allowed me to format and assign a drive-letter.
But yes, I did lose the (non-critical - a recorded TV show) data.
I'm not aware of any other 'fixes'.

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I am using a 120GB portable hard drive for back ups and additional file storage. When defragging this drive, you are able to see how much space is actually "reserved for system files". Since this is not a bootable drive with no operating system on it, is there a way to recover this space that is reserved for system files? On this drive it amounts to about 10GB of space. If possible, how is this done?

A:Portable Hard Drive "reserved system space"

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So I have a Windows 7 64bit desktop with 2 external hard drives that have shared over my network so I can view the files on my laptop(win 7 64bit) and watch movies and such on my xbox via windows media center.

I recently purchased a WD Elements 2TB external Hard Drive.
I connect the new drive to my desktop along with the other 2 external hard drives and functions with no problems until I try to share it on my network.

My procedure for sharing was opening my computer, right clicking on the hard drive, clicking share with.., advanced sharing, (in the sharing tab) advanced sharing again, click the share this folder box and hitting apply. And I get this error, "An error occurred while trying to share G. Incorrect function. The shared resource was not created at this time."

I was however able to add the new external hard drive to my media library in windows media center so my xbox can see the new hard drive no problem.
So now I need to get the drive on the network so I can see it on my laptop.

Whats more, If I disconnect the hard drive from my desktop, and connect it to my laptop, it will let me share it and I can see it from my desktop. (Baffles me...)

Any help or ideas on this would be greatly appreciated.

A:Cant share external Hard drive "Incorrect Function"

I see you have the same issue as I do and are getting about the same help I have been getting, NONE
We will probably find out "Microsoft" will want to charge us extra if we want to share more than one way, they give us ONE free sharing but not 2 without more money.

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Ever since I installed Vista, my HDD has been going crazy. When I had XP on, the HDD activity was really low and smooth since im using a SATA drive. Now that I have vista on its horrible. Files take longer to load, the HDD is never quiet. Its even starting to click! Which is a bad sign. What the hell is vsta doing? I want all this intense harddisc activity to stop. Whats causing it and how can I stop it?

Windows Vista Build 6000 Final

HDD Driver - 160GB Maxtor SATA

A:Windows Vista "Killing" my Hard Disc Drive!

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Installed a new hard drive in my laptop. The previous hard drive had Windows 7 installed along with the recovery partition. I was able to backup the OS and install on new drive and it shows the recovery partition in the disc system manager, but I cannot seem to reinstall Win7 fresh. Is this even possible or will I have to actually buy a new Win7 disc and install fresh?


A:Solved: "Ghosting" or backing up Windows 7 to a new hard drive

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Hello 7Forums Guru's. I've never used external media and am trying to decide on a partition scheme for data storage (ISO's, music, pictures about 100-150 gb) and to store weekly backups, system image etc) but before I even start on that end, should my external HDD (Seagate Backup Plus 1 TB) be set to active? The drive was completely plug & play and showed up in Disk Management as "Active"

Please advise this relative n00b.

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A:New Seagate External Hard Drive Marked "Active"

Only a partition from which one boots needs to be active and going by this dictum there is absolutely no need for a partition on an external drive to be active. Though an active partition on an external drive should not matter it is always safe to have only the booting Partition as active.

You can turn a partition active or inactive using diskpart.

Start > All Programs > Accessories > Right click on Command Prompt and Run as administrator.


Be sure to select the correct external disk and partition.

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Not sure if this an XP or Win 2000 question.

My laptop died a couple years ago and I finally got around to having a friend put it in an external USB hard drive enclosure. The laptop ran Windows 2000 and my desktop is running XP SP2.

I cannot open one of the folders. I get an "Access is denied" dialog. I assume this has something to do with my original 2000 log in and the permissions that were set?

Any methods to coax with HD to let me have access?

If I can answer any further question let me know


A:Folder is "Access Denied" on laptop hard drive

try taking ownership. see the following from microsoft

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Hi All,

im new to this forum, but i could really use your help. i recentlly just purchaced a gateway M-6784 laptop, and i cant seem to do anything to install windoes XP over my vista operating system. i tryed "kill-hdd" i tryed every advice so far. and all i get is the same message. i install the program on boot up, it goes through the process, and then when it gets to the point os instalation, i get a error message the "NO HARD DRIVE FOUND" cand some one pleeeeaaasee help me here

A:Installing windows xp over vista. "no hard drive found"

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

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

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

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

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

Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities

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Hi All,

I want to format my external hard drive into two partitions so that I can use one of them as a recovery drive for my Windows PC and the other one for my personal data. I am using Windows 8.1.

It is a 1TB WD Elements hard drive currently formatted into one exFAT partition. It is about half full. I don't want to delete the partition and then create two new ones because I have nowhere to backup the files currently on the drive. So I want to shrink the existing partition and then create a new smaller partition but for some reason I can't do that in Windows Disk Management. When I right-click on the drive (E:) The option "shrink drive..." is grayed (as shown in the screenshot).
Does anybody know why this could be? When I right-click on my Windows (C:) drive this option is not grayed out. (I tried doing the same thing using Partition Wizard but I had the same problem - the "split" option, along with a whole lot of others, is grayed out).

Also, another strange thing which might help you to understand. In Partition Wizard, when I right-click on my external hard drive (E:) and click properties it shows that the hard drive is full (first screenshot) even though Windows File Explorer shows that it still has about 500GB of free space (second screenshot)
Why does Partition Wizard (and obviously Windows Disk Management as well) think that the disk is full?

Any help on this would be greatly appreciated!

A:"Shrink Volume" Grayed Out - External Hard Drive

You cannot shrink a FAT disk. Shrinking is only supported with NTFS. You have no choice but to backup your data and re-initialize it as NTFS.

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

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

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

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The pros and cons of mechanical and solid-state drives have been thoroughly discussed. Disk drives offer unmatched storage capacities at bargain basement prices, while flash memory is quicker, quieter and less power hungry, but inherently more expensive. Seagate might harness the best of both worlds with a new product teased today.

Seagate teases "game-changing" drive, coming May 26 - TechSpot News

The 150% increase on a HDD over current ones is interesting...

A:Seagate teases "game-changing" hard drive

I'm going to see what is released on Wed. Looks very interesting for us notebook users.

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I have 2 Sata drives installed on a Windows 7 32bit machine. Both were formatted during a clean install of Windows 7 unlimited. The primary hd is a 300gb WD and the other is a 500gb Seagate "IDE\DiskST3500418AS_CC34" is the hardware id on the second drive.

I can see both in device manager but it says both are fully updated.

P.S. I haven't found any driver from seagate online, which i think might help.

A:hard drive not displaying "my computer and disk manager"

I have resolved the problem.

I simply went to Downloads | Seagate and downloaded the DiskWizard application. Using Seagate's application, I was able to partition, allocate, and synchronize the D drive in few common sense steps.

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First of all I'd like to say hello to everyone on this forum, this will be my first thread/post.

I'm usually the go to guy for my friends for simple computer problems, and my friend came to me today with a problem I just can't figure out.

She received an external 230 gb HDD for christmas and then tried to install her Sim expansions onto it. She gets the message
"Cannot install to the selected directory, because it may cause the system to become unstable"

After googling this issue for about 30 minute I found this is the case for other games as well, but none of these searches yielded any kind of answer of how to get passed this, or why this happens.

As far as I know, her XP HDD is NFTS as well as the external HDD. Has anyone had this problem with The Sims?

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So I have a pretty, well not old, but it's not a product they carry anymore external hard drive and I had some issues with it in the past (mainly the usb port not being soldered on properly and falling off); so I just received all my replacement cords for it and ran it, it took *forever* for it to load up, which I felt was understandable seeing as there's like 200+ GB on it but when I go to like drag one item from it, it'll take more than 10 minutes and if I cancel it, it just loads.. and loads and loads; I don't know what it's doing but when it's like that, I can't do anything with it and to actually make it browse-able again, I have to force a shut down. (hold the power button)

And the files I am trying to move are just 2.5MB so they shouldn't even be taking this long..

I have quite a few files I wish to save otherwise I'd just format the whole thing but I can't when it just hangs onto the loading.

Is there a way for me to save these files?
I tried to upload them a hosting but it freezes when I do; same with dragging the images into windows paint.

Please help!

I just tried to upload some of the pictures to mediafire and it literally froze my web browser.

Quote: Originally Posted by notsotechsavvy

I stand corrected, apparently this portable hard drive is not done frustrating me just yet.
Pretty sure I forgot to mention what portable hard drive I have and here it is.
The problem I'm having now is that I managed... Read more

A:External hard drive "hanging" or infinite loading.

Fill out all of the System Specs in the lower left hand corner of your message. If we know what is in your PC it will help to better figure out the problem.

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somewhere on techguy forum,i once read about a recommended,excellent software program which cleans a hard disk so data is not retrievable. i understand "deleted" items must be written over many times.

the software was a top notch recommendation as i recall


A:Cleaning a hard drive...including already "deleted" items

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So I have a computer from the Stone Age (a gateway computer from 2001 that runs Windows ME). I was working today on trying to speed it up by doing a number of different things. I was about to run my computer in safe mode, but when I restarted my computer to try to get it into safe mode, I didn't remember how. I pressed the wrong thing and ended up in the "BIOS Setup Utility." I am smart enough to know not to mess with anything in the BIOS, but when I existed from it all I got was a blank black screen with a blinking cursor. I restarted the computer and I got the following message:

"The Hard drive was not found. Consult the Trouble Shooting section of your user' manual, etc."

Now I don't know if I accidentally did something when in the Bios Setup Utility or if my computer coincidently decided to die on me. The computer freezes all the time and gives me all sorts of problems. Should I go the Bios Setup Utility and hit "Load Setup Defaults" and see what happens??? Would doing that at least allow me to figure out if the problem really lies in the BIOS? Would doing that erase my hard drive or will everything be okay?

Please help me... I have some files I want to get off of my computer.

A:HELP- Major Computer Prob- "Hard Drive not found"

a computer that old probably needs a CMOS battery replacement. Without it you will not be able to get into BIOS.

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

A:Can't Reboot Past External "Locked" Hard Drive

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

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I installed Windows 7 on a new (smaller) hard drive using recovery disk. After installation went successfully (according to the pop up the dialog box), the machine restarted and I got the error "No bootable device". The machine is Acer Aspire one netbook with Windows 7 Starter.

The computer detected the hard drive in BIOS. I also connected the hard drive to another machine externally and here's the partition info:

12GB Healthy (Recovery Partition)
102MB NTFS, System Reserved, Healthy (Active, Primary Partition)
97.67GB NTFS, Acer, Healthy (Logical Drive)

How do I get this laptop to boot up with the new hard drive?

A:"No Bootable Device" error after win 7 installation on new hard drive

did you check your bios and make sure the new harddrive is set to the first device to boot from?


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I recently bought a Western Digital firewire/USB 2.0 combo drive for my Dell laptop running Windows XP Home edition. It worked fine once. When I went to use it again it would not register in "My Computer." It is recognized in device manager and no conflicts appear. There are no new/rolled back drivers available. In Disk Management in Console it appears but shows a large portion of unallocated space. Uninstalling and reinstalling does not work.

Could there be a corrupt Windows file? Does anyone have any suggestions?

A:external hard drive not recognized in Windows XP "My Computer"

If it shows unallocated space (how much?), then the drive should be partitioned and the partitions formatted.

What sizes are we talking about? Unallocated space will not appear in My Computer, but only partitions that are formatted and ready to use.

If you have TweakUI or other tweakers, be sure that the drive is not hidden from My Computer.

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Hey guys, I need one of you hardware geeks to help me here. I finally bought the Maxtor DiamondMax10 hard drive. Its SATA 300 Gig with a 16 Meg Cache and NCQ. I already have a SATA WD Raptor as my main drive and trying to install this one has a data drive. I have an Asus PW5D2 Premium Board.

When I boot up, it takes a long time (about a minute) to do anything than I eventually get a "Hard disc error" and I have to hit F1 to continue. The BIOS recognizes the drive, but Windows does not. I've swapped out the cable and tried a different controller, same result. While I have like 10 hard drives laying around, they are all PATA--no SATAs to try.

I think the drive is damaged. I downloaded Maxtor's PowerMax, but its worthless--goes through some tests and the inital ones pass and later ones fail, but its the same thing on the other drive (the Raptor) and that one works fine. Tells me eventually to contact Maxtor Tech Support on both drives!

Any ideas?

A:Getting "Hard Disk Error" on second SATA data drive

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A while ago, my desktop was having problems. It would BSOD persistently through restarts and eventually, it stopped working completely. When i turned it on, it would make all the startup sounds (hard drive spinning, fan starting, etc), the hard drive would click a few times, and it would all start over. Thinking it was a problem with the hard drive, I decided to buy a new hard drive.
Today, i bought a Hitachi 2TB internal hard drive to install on my broken desktop. Wanting to try to partition/format/install an OS before i put it into the desktop, i hooked it up to my laptop with a SATA/USB adapter, with an AC plug. I went to Computer Management->Disk Management, and saw, along with my laptop's HD, a new drive called Disk 1. Knowing that was the hitachi i just plugged in, i tried to initialize it. However, it gives me a message saying "Disk is not ready". I tried restarting both the hard drive and my computer, to no avail. But now even the "initialize disk" button is greyed out. What's wrong?

I recently bought a new hard drive, and am trying to format/partition/install OS with my laptop before putting it in my desktop (I'm using a SATA/USB adapter with an AC power plug). In DIsk management, i try to initialize the HD, but it tells me "Disk is not ready". After restarting my computer and the hard drive, now the "initialize disk" button is greyed out. What do i do?

A:Bought a new hard drive-"Device is not ready" when trying to initializ

Try removing the drive in Device Management then power down your computer and physically disconnent the drive cable from the motherboard.

Reboot and check Windows doesn't see a driver for the hard drive then power down again before reconnecting the drive. Reboot and with a bit of luck the drive will be recognised.

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I'm Harsha.

I have a Sony Vaio laptop (Model - VPCEB26FG)
Recently, it fell off a table, and when I restarted it, it wasn't loading windows and I realized it was a Hard disk crash.

So I gave it for replacement at the authorized service centre, they put in a new Hard drive and returned it to me today.

Now I installed windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit, and fedora15.

It says "Hard disk is failing" and says that there are 237 bad sectors under "Reallocated Sectors Count"

Q1. Does this mean this is yet another hard disk failure ? If so, why do you think it happened , I haven't dropped it or anything as such.

Q2. Did the previous drop have some effect on internal circuitry and is that affecting my new Hard drive too ? What is the cure for such a problem ?

A:Hard Drive Issue - "Reallocated Sectors Count"

Why don't you run a chkdsk and see what it finds..and or fixes if anything. I don't know much about your bios but I wonder if it is harboring some info from the last hard drive I don't know..

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I got a new 2 TB drive for my PC. I never had any trouble installing Windows before. I wanted to make the drive the primary drive.

I keep on getting an error message that Windows's can't be installed on this drive because it is the wrong "NFTS" format? I had never heard of that before. I tried to format it via the installation and it wouldn't let me do that either.

The drive is properly connected. I reinstalled the old hard drive, and kept the new one in there as well. It is recognized and works fine as a "slave" or secondary drive. It is formatted as an NFTS.

Any idea what could be going wrong?

A:Purchased new 2 TB hard drive-Can't get it to install "wrong" NFTS?

What were the exact words of the error? Just "wrong NTFS format"?

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I am having this really strange error with one of my computers.

My computer (running Windows XP Home) boots normally and I can use it just fine. When I leave it alone for a while though, I come back to a screen with the message "Hard Drive not found." If I reboot the computer it loads normally and I can use the computer like nothing ever happened. It has done this twice now. It doesn't happen while I am using the computer but if it sits for a while this will happen.

Any suggestions as to what this is?


A:"No Hard drive found" message after successful boot.

Just an idea: try going to the Power Option?s in Control Panel and turn off the hard disk Sleep ? Turn Off Hard Disk? ?after xx mins? change to Never. Then give it a try, let me know if it works.

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I've just built a new computer that has a 2nd hand HDD as the secondary drive. It was causing messages to appear like "Hard drive failure imminent - do you want to back up the drive". Since I was still setting up everything on the primary drive I disabled the messages by clicking "Do not show these messages again". Now I realise I should enable the message and remove the offending HDD. I'm running windows 8.1.

How do I re-enable these messages?

A:How to enable "Hard Drive Failure Imminent" messages

Hi chrisg42,

Any chance you unchecked this Maintenance Option in the Action Center. i can't say for sure but it might be worth checking. seems like it might be somehow tied to a periodic SMART check:

Action Center Messages - Turn On or Off in Windows 8

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After I finished transferred some files across from external hard drive to laptop and I used a picture from external hard drive as my background desktop but when I tried to click "Safely "remove it said there were programs running yet I have nothing transferring/connecting from external hard drive to laptop then I unplugged the USB device.

I did noticed when I removed the external hard drive my background picture was gone when I went to change themes, I'm worried so Can this damage to the laptop/external hard drive or corrupt software

A:I unplugged my external hard drive without "Safely Remove" Can this da

That thing about programs using the drive happens a lot with my Toshiba lappy.
Unless you've changed any of the default hardware policies for the external drive (most of them won't even allow you to), unplugging without ejecting should not be a problem. Nevertheless, whenever you are unable to eject, it is better to wait till you turn off the computer before unplugging.
Hope this helps.

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) CPU P6200 @ 2.13GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 37 Stepping 5
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 1844 Mb
Graphics Card: Intel(R) HD Graphics, 730 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 260242 MB, Free - 162570 MB; D: Total - 29690 MB, Free - 27584 MB; G: Total - 305211 MB, Free - 174064 MB; H: Total - 15259 MB, Free - 3249 MB;
Motherboard: LENOVO, MoutCook
Antivirus: avast! Antivirus, Updated and Enabled

Am I embarrassed! I have had external drive for backup and to have an image on it. But I am so dense that I don't know how to restore. I have the manual which tells me to go to the "welcome" screen but I can't open any screens of the software. The software is WD SmartWare. . These are the files in the folder. Should I start all over by hitting the .exe file? Any ideas? I'm getting paranoid knowing that my external hard drive backup is useless to me because I don't know how to restore.

A:WD SmartWare software on "my passport" external hard drive

heyya americamba, I'm going to close this one up, as you have another one in hardware at, and that one is in the correct forum.

thanks for understanding.


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I wasn't sure whether to post this here, or in the Vista forum. Please move if this isn't the correct place.

I'm in the process of obtaining "Partition Magic" to partition the hard-drive on my Vista Home Premium System.

I'm a real beginner at these procedures and wondered how easy it is to do, and whether there are "pit-falls" I should be aware of.

The master drive, C, shows 116 G of 148 G free, NTFS. And a smaller, 4.89 G, EISA partition. The system came without disks. I want to keep the operating system on one partition and store my photos, folders, etc. on the other. 50G has been suggested as the size for the partition holding the OS.

When I right clicked my C drive icon, I got the message that it can't be formatted as it holds the Vista system files. I presume this isn't anything that will interfere with partitioning.

Your help and advice would be appreciated.


A:Solved: Partitioning Hard-Drive with "Partition Magic"

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