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Samsung 80GB Hard Disk's weird Problem

Q: Samsung 80GB Hard Disk's weird Problem

The Background :
I built my new P4(3GHz) System in Dec 04. I used the same old 80Gb HDD

I got KTs in Second Yr Engineering which resulted in, me facing my Dad's
real bad temper. The worst thing was that he spent all his anger on my
beautiful System.

Now all I'm left with is a broken cabinet, Cracked MB, non-working FX5700
Ultra, a P3(700mhz) system and a hurt soul.

The Problem :
Apparantly the HDD survived all that (although the plastic around the bus
attachment area was a little broken)

It was working fine. But now after taking a 4 weeks gap to cool things down
WinXp just showed the Partitions for about a Min and it showed no more.
The Bios & XP Device manager shows the HDD, U can feel it working, but it
doesn't display the Partitions.

Please anyone help me! All my VB, Java, C, Photoshop & Flash Projects are
still in it.

Thank You

A: Samsung 80GB Hard Disk's weird Problem

first, move it to another box w/o all the trama, then run some diags to verify
the sanity of the media.

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Problems on initializing Samsung 80GB with Samsung's Disk Manager: Ontrack(tm)


There is some problem on my 80gb Samsung HD. The situation is this:

I have had an old computer which have an ancient motherboard.. because of the limitations of motherboard it was initializing Hd as 8gb.. I installed Samsung's Disk Manager program named Ontrack. It does something with the MBR to make the 8gb initialized HD as 80gb! When you're in bios setup, it says your samsung is 8gb but when you reset and wait for the system disk error message Ontrack activates and then your hd is 80 gb, you can install OS after that.

Here is the problem: I bought a new computer whose motherboard to initialize my 80GB hd as 80GB also, but things didn't happen like that. On bios setup it says my HD is 33gb.

I plugged the HD to my other computer and its partition magic 8 says "33gb BAD" also..

A modified MBR by a program (ontrack) can fool bios setup? if so, can i use XP CDs system recovery console with fixmbr command? ?f it is not how can i make my hd back to normal (not for old motherboards, initialized as 80GB)??

New motherboard is MSI RS482M2-IL and because of this problem I cannot enable S.M.A.R.T. feature. I need help and thanks from now on!

A:Problems on initializing Samsung 80GB with Samsung's Disk Manager: Ontack(tm)

If you are using XP then boot fromt eh XP Cd. Then delete the existing partition and create a new one and format that.

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I needed more space on my pc so i bought an extra hard drive. I installed it on the second IDE, set my first harddrive as a master drive and set my second as a cable select (as it didn't have instructions for a slave drive). Booted the compyter, but the BIOS didn't pick up the new hard drive. When i booted Windows it would pick up the new hardware but I couldn't see it in Windows Explorer or My Computer.

I then unplugged the second hard drive and replaced my 2 CD-ROMS with it. So I had one hard drive on IDE1 and one on IDE2. This worked fine and the BIOS regonised it. However I can't plug both CD Roms and two hard drives because the IDE cables aren't long enough.

Does anyone have any idea what im doing wrong? Help would be greatly appreciated!

A:80GB Hard Drive Problem

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Yesterday while watching movie on my PC it appeared as black on the screen and stopped working. After restarting the PC it was not responding as the BIOS was unable to recognize the hard disk. It creates an unusual sound while BIOS searches drives.

1. I tried by bootting the PC using another hard disk but this HD does not appear in the windows.
2. I also tried to boot using Ubuntu live CD but failed to find my HD on it.

As it is not recognized by BIOS, I cann't use data recovery software to recover the data. I'm badly in need of all data in it.

Please someone help me in this regard to recover the data.

Model: HD252HJ
Capacity : 250 GB
Interface : Serial ATA 3.0 Gbps
Buffer memory : 16MB

A:My Samsung Hard Disk is not being recognized by BIOS

Try the freezer trick. Place your hard drive in zip lock freezer bag to protect it from moisture and freeze it overnight (or a few hours at least). Quickly hook up the frozen hard drive and try to boot from it. If it works, be prepared to copy your important data as soon as possible before the hard drive warms up too much. This is not a permanent fix but it may work long enough to save your data.

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I am having a 650GB Samsung Hard Disk. Once I was transferring files from the hard disk to my PC and lights went out. Now when I connect my hard disk it is not being detected though it shows up in the Disk Management menu. I have tried formatting the HDD but it shows time remaining as 300 hours so I had to stop it midway. Is any other solution available for it...??? Please help...!!!

A:Samsung 650GB External Hard Disk Not Being Detected

If you feel confident enough, Open it up and remove the hard drive from inside the enclosure and fit it directly in to your pc.

This will help determine if the hard drive or enclosure is to blame.

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The 32-gigabyte (GB) NAND flash-based solid state disk (SSD) can upload and download data quickly and quietly as it uses instantly-accessible static NAND flash memory instead of the rotating discs found in hard drives.

SSD weighs only half as much as a hard drive, reads data three times faster and writes data 1,5 times quicker, it said.

It consumes a mere five percent of the electricity needed to power a hard disk drive and operates silently as it requires no motor or any other noise-making parts.

A:Samsung develops drive to replace hard disk

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Hello, I have issue my with current HDD, which is Samsung HD103SJ, where I keep getting a hard disk failure warning for every 20min or so.. and wonder if there any fix for it rather than buying a new one, if possible.


A:Hard disk failure warning - Samsung HD103SJ

You can't fix a failing hard-drive, I would suggest backup all your important files and data, and then run some hard-drive diagnostics to assess the situation better:

Run some hard-drive diagnostics and follow these steps:Hard Drive Diagnostic Procedure
Find your hard-drive manufacturer and run their tests.

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Quote: Originally Posted by writhziden

If you have an SSD, make sure the following are up to date:SSD firmware
BIOS Version
Chipset Drivers
Hard disk controller drivers/SATA drivers
If you have a Marvell IDE ATA/ATAPI device, make sure the drivers are up to date from the Intel site or Marvell site and not from your motherboard/vendor support site.

Check for any file system errors and bad sectors using Option #2 of:Disk Check
Use this command with Disk Check:

chkdsk C: /f /r

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I got an external hard drive that I reformatted. Its an 80GB drive. After reformatting it, it shrank to 3GB. How is this possible?? How can I fix this??

A:80GB Hard Drive Shrank to 3GB - HELP

Can you show it to us in disk manager?

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why would my hard drive be saying this? On top of that i cant get it to come up in My Computer, ive tried initializing it but i get nothing.(Disk 1)


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Hi guys,

I will try to explain this as simple as i can.So let's start
I have laptop ASUS N75SF and it is a year old,so i have decided to format.I have two separate hard disks that are the same brand,SeaGate 9500423 AS, each 500 gb capacity. Before i decided to format , one of my hard disks(that is my partition D) started to make strange noises and it was not recognized,but i was using my laptop without problems because my windows was installed on my other hard disk (that is my partition C).So now my question is this :
After i formatted them both i have no clue which one is which ? they are like :
Disk 0 Partition 1 465 gb
Disk 1 Partition 2 465 gb
So how do i choose the one that is better and not having problems to pust my winodows on?
I know that i can buy new one and replace it with the one that is having problems,but right now i have no money to do that .I am student

Thanks in advance

A:Confused about installing Windows on my hard disk,hard disk problem

I'm willing to bet that Disk 1 is the bad hard drive since the bad hard drive was the D: drive.

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have Pent 4 1.4gb w/512mb ram. trying to add 80gb hard drive with win 98 SE and it is only seeing 10gb. Need to know if I need different type boot disk or if I am doing something wrong. Once I get it to see the 80gb hard drive I need to know where I can get a program to copy over everything from my old hard drive to this one.
Thanks for any help

A:80gb hard drive in win 98 boot sees less

Have you set any partitions with this new drive? Are you sure that all available space is being used?

Go to Start, run, and type in command then hit enter.

type in fdisk and hit enter

select Y for large disk support and hit enter.

hit 4 and enter to display Partition Information.

is your partition set to 100%?
are there more than one partition? do they all add up to 100%?
What is the brand of the new hardrive? Most Harddrive manufacturers have software available on their site to handle transferring all data to new harddrives.

I can recommend the one on Seagate's site (it's free) as I know it will work with Quantum drives as well, and more than likely any other drives. Take a look at my experience to learn a little more about it.

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Does anyone know if I can upgrade my Compaq Presario Hard drive to 80GB Ultra ATA/133 @7200RPM? I'm running out of Hard drive space and constantly get a message saying that I have little space left. I have to constantly defrag my system and erase most of what I download off the internet. My computer is old and I think it only has about 30GB which most of my software takes up. I'm looking to turn my computer into a modern computer by updating my hard drive. Everything else works fine. I have great speed and hardly ever run into problems so I'm not looking to replace my computer just update it.



A:Can I upgrade my HD to 80GB ultra ata/133 hard drive?

That upgrade should be just fine, seeing as you already have support for 30GB hard drives, then 80GB will also work. You'll only have problems (depends on your system, which you haven't supplied details on) if you decide to go above 137GB, as that would require an ATA133 controller.

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i have a maxtor 80GB hd....

and i have a PCI ATA133 IDE card..... i plug everything in, and it only recognizes the 80GB hard drive as a 32GB hard drive ....... i thought with the ATA card, it would be ok, but guess not .....

i could resort to using maxtor's hard drive software, but rather not as id like to steer clear of that if possible .....

dell (older one)
PII 350Mhz
128MB Ram
Maxtor IDE ATA133 PCI card

help? quick if possible too

A:installing a 80GB hard drive....quick

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A:Formatting an 80GB Hard Drive to FAT32, can it be done?

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Hey guys!

My Zune 80gb stopped working a while back. It wouldn't charge. So I thought I would take out the hard drive and use it as an external 80gb hard drive. So I bought an 1.8" ZIF encolsure for it and installed the hard drive into it.

All appears good with the installation. When I plug the hard drive into the PC the light on the hard drive enclosure comes on and stays on & the disk starts spinning. Then Windows Vista does the whole "Install new Hardware" thing and calls it a "Disk Drive" and a "USB Mass Storage Device" and says hardware is installed and ready for use.

But the problem is I can't seem to access the drive. I can't find it anywhere. It doesn't show up as a drive I can use or anything. I tried a third party partitioning prgram to try and find the disk so I could reformat it but it wouldn't it couldn't find it either. I even plugged the drive into my Mac thinking that Disk Utility might be able to recognize it and let me wipe it, but the Mac doesn't recognize it as anything.

Back in Vista, Using Device Manager, Vista notices the drive under the "Disk Drives" option as a "Disk Drive" and that it is elecronically signed by Microsoft (since it has the Zune firmware on it) but I can't do anything with it ... And this is the only place where I can see that the drive even exists. I can't reformat it or anything.

Can anyone help me? I thought I read somewhere... Read more

A:Putting a Zune 80gb Hard Drive in an External Hard Drive Enclosure, help please!


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I am having this Hard Disk problem. My old Hard Disk (Samasung 500GB) (bought in 2010) started showing signs of corruption (like Windows doing chkdsk at every boot, and data getting lost). So I bought a NEW Hard Disk (Western Digital 1TB) last month (Sep 2016) to backup all the data from old one. I didn't have time to backup but wanted to use PC so I Clean Installed Windows 7 64bit on the New Western Digital 1TB and used it about a month without any problems.
A couple of days ago i decided to backup up the data. I reformatted the New Western Digital 1TB with Gparted and did a clean Windows 7 Install again. I connected the old Samsung 500GB to the motherboard and started copying the files to the new Western Digital 1TB.
Suddenly Windows showed me an error "Windows detected a hard disk problem" which makes sense because the Samsung 500GB is old and might be failing BUT the error is showing both of my Hard disk in the dialog box.
Is my new hard disk corrupt as well?
Why is Windows showing my new hard disk as failing?
Can Windows mistakenly show both hard disk in error?
Please help i am confused. sorry for a confusing question. i will answer anything required.
I have taken the screenshot of the error message, they are in attached files.
1)The 1st Screenshot shows both my Hard disk in the error box (OLD Samsung and NEW Western Digital WD)
2)The 2nd Screenshot shows only one of my Hard disk and its the new one (Western digital WD)

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I have a Samsung s2 1tb external hard drive.

Today when I hooked it up to my laptop it would not load. It will shows local F drive when it usually will say samsung Drive.

A pop up box will then appear stating "you need to format drive"

I know if I reformat it I will lose all my data which I will not do.

When I look in device manager it states that the external hard drive is installed.

I attempted to go through start menu and type cmd then F: and it states "The volume does not recognize this system file. Please make sure all required system drivers are loaded and the volume is not corrupted."


A:Samsung s2 external hard drive not loading showing local disk F drive

With the external drive connected, Go to Disk Management (Start > type: "computer" > click on Computer Management > click on Disk Management)

Determine which disk is the external drive.
If the external drive shows here as a healthy volume, Right click on the large box to the right of the "Disk 1" / "Disk 2" lable and choose: Change Drive Letter and Path.

If there is nothing but a grey box or "Unallocated Space" next to the disk number then Right click on the disk number (the box) and choose: Change Drive Letter and Path.

Change the drive letter to anything else > OK.

If you can't do any of the above post back. If you can post a screen shot of the Disk Management window that can help.
Do not initialize the disk or format it or you will lose your data.

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Alright, so I bought a new portable harddisk, the samsung 3 1tb. However for some reason my pc does detect it, but is not able to run it. it gives me the error that it is an unknown device.

However, i tried the Hdd on several other pcs, and it worked fine, leaving me the conclusion that my pc is at fault. After recommendations from a friend, i tried to find myself some updated drivers for my motherboard, specifically usb drivers. However, my driver CD, aswell as the Asus site did not support my operating system (Windows 7, 64 bit).

So here I am, still unable to resolve this, hoping that any of you might be able to help me out. If you need any additional information, ill provide it asap.


A:Samsung 3. 1Tb Portable Hard-disk is "Unknown"

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I have an e machine that need a new hard drive. would this work? I don't know what else to say about 9it, so i'll let you ask questions.

A:would a 80GB Western Digital Maxtor Hard drive 7200 RPM 40 GB work for me?

Umm. I really can't understand what is the "this" you are asking about. So, are you planning to replace a 40 Gd HD with a 80 GB HD? Please post the model of your emachine.

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Here is my story to the point. I have a Samsung SP1604n Hard Drive. Windows xp and/or linux will not load up on this hard drive. Keeps coming up "Error Loading Operating System". Hard Drive had no errors to it when it was scanned. I reset the MBR, did a level 3 format, changed out cables and settings, still nothing. Tried a fixmbr from xp recovery, which it said was a success but did not work. I did an fdisk /mbr and still nothing. I bought a new hard drive and bam everything loading up fine. What did I miss on this hard drive. Any ideas would be great. Thanks

A:Hard Drive Problem Samsung sp1604n

bump for any info

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My hard drive started making funny clicking noises and the pc pitstop checkup gave me a response time of 77ms and a warning that it could expire shortly. So i bought a new 80 gb hard drive, installed it, partitioned it no problem, but i now want to swap all the data from my old hard drive to my new one (os and all), and then junk the old drive.
How can i do this without spending money on software that i will probably only use once or twice.
Any advice would be appreciated.


the pipster

A:How can i copy my failing 8gb hard drive to my new 80gb hard drive?

For free:

HDClone (free edition only smaller to larger)
PCI CloneMaxx

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When I open/close the disk drive on my computer, realtek pops up a message and says a jack has been unplugged when I open and jack has been plugged in when I close it. But my whole computer lagg's really really bad for about a minute. I don't know what is up. Very weird. Just tell me if you have any ideas guys.

Thanks. =D

A:Weird disk drive problem

What disk drive is it. What is brand, model, and configuration?
Has the jack been found unplugged when you get the error message?
Do you find any red or yellow flags in device manager (Start->Control Panel->System->Hardware->Device Manager)?

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  0 downloadsDear all,
I will enclose here my complaint which I send to motherboard maker Gigabyte, regarding USB external hard disk problem. Please read it and if anybody knows how to solve this, thanks.
My computer has external hard drive connected to USB 2.0 port(s), which is extremely slow. Drive is Transcend StoreJet. No drivers exist for it. It works perfectly for other I/O operations like copy, paste, delete,etc. When I try to make hard disk image with any program, and store it on Transcend Store Jet, speed starts with 50MB/s but drops to nearly zero in few minutes. You can see example on attached picture. It is the same with any program. Disk image would take more than one day to complete, if it completes at all. Actually, I never managed to finish image with any disk imaging software. I tried all usual software for that: Paragon, Aomei, Acronis, EaseusToDo, Drive XML, etc. Are there any USB or other drivers which are responsible for this issue? Can Gigabyte be serious regarding its costumers and provide them solution in order to use USB ports for most important thing (backup)? In this case, making disk image is totally impossible. USB 2.0 ports have speed оf 480 Mbit/s, theoretical. This is far cry from situation here. So, ... Read more

A:Problem with slow (impossible) disk image making on USB 2.0 external hard disk

This could be any issue causing your problem , software , usb drive may have errors on it / or ?
Imaging your 150 Gig via Usb will take time { Mine are about 40-50 Gig } Operating System And Programs Only.
I personally partition my main Drive eg: c:\ and d:\ and so only the operating system is on C;\
Then use the D;\ to store your personal files. , this way your c:\ wont keep growing in size as you are storing everything there.
If you cant actually do anything with the computer because of warranties as you stated "just serviced" , ask them why you cant Image Drive.
1/ Try another hard drive to backup to.{ Usb will always be slower } than directly connected to Mobo.
2/ Use Mini Tool Partition Wizard [ Free } to create another partition -
3/ Remove all Temp Files / Restore Points / etc with Ccleaner { Free ] -
    this will reduce C:\ size to minimal size { defrag drive also }.
4/ Use any program to Image C:\ { I use Acronis }. to the D:\ Backup Folder.
5/ Then copy the image to any portable drive or external if need be.
6/ Use the D:\ for your personal files and folders as a backup also.
Sometimes you have to do things yourself - than rely on Service Centres and Costs.
If you run a Business then you claim all your costs incurred.
All this will take time but you will have backups and feel at ease.

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I've had my Acer Aspire 5310 laptop for a few months now with Windows Vista. I have an 80GB hard drive, partitioned into two drives as default.

Until now I've never noticed that the numbers didn't add up. I know when you buy and 80GB hard drive, it should actually show up as less due to bits and bytes and what not (80GB=74GB roughly) but I found something fishy in Disk Management. There is a drive showing up with no letter assigned to it which is nearly 10GB in size and after doing the math it accounts for the 10GB i lack after adding my two 32GB hard drives together.

So I have 2 x 32GB drives plus this weird drive which is 10.

I have attached the screenshot of disk management.

If anyone knows what is going on here I would very much appreciate it!

Cheers, Darren (newbie)

A:Problem with Vista Disk Management/Being robbed of hard disk space!

has this just recently appeared? This is a longshot, but if you have Kaspersky lap installed then that could be the problem. It autologs roughly 10 gigs of data without your permission, it is easy to get rid of, but annoying none the less.
However this doesn't seem to likely as what seems to have happened here is that you have accidently split one of your hard drives into two. Either that or a program like deamon tools has created a virtual drive. Do you use either deamon tools or alcohol 120?

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Hi, I'm trying to install an 80Gb hdd on an old Pentium 3 and I've run into a few problems. (Yes, I know that's an awfully old computer that maybe should be in a better place than a desktop, but computers tend to have a very long life here in Bolivia... )

This is what I did:

Removed old 20Gb hdd
Connected new 80Gb hdd
POST would stop completely when trying to detect hdd
Used jumpers to reduce capacity to 32Gb
Voila! I was able to boot and start XP install from CD.
Formated hdd during XP installation (NTFS, complete format)
Windows copied necesary files, and reboots automatically
This is where my real problems started, because now the the POST stops again when trying to detect the hdd, I've tried every jumper setting, but nothing works. When I disconnect the hdd I'm able to boot from CD, but that doesn't help me fix the hdd. Any ideas what I could do? I'm considering flashing the BIOS (using bxc00920.exe from here), but it says "compatibility with IDE hard drives up to 65 Gb" so I guess it wouldn't help.

A:Problem with 80GB HDD on old Pentium 3

Update: It now works, with full 80Gb capacity. I have no idea as to what caused the problem, but I flashed the BIOS and tried all kind of jumper combinations on the hdd, and suddenly it worked. I think the hdd started working when I set the jumpers to 15 heads instead of 16, but I'm not 100% sure.

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i want to install Linux 8.0 .

i have a 80GB harddisk & win200Pro , win2000Advsvr & win98 install on it.

Win98 on primary partition & rest are on extended logical partitions.

i made a 3gb partition for Linux to install.

But while i install it in the begning it shows error related harddisk that "Inconsitent BIOS geometry but hereis not the case ,LBA recommended"

when i set the harddisk mode to LBA thee problem persist the same & show thw same message.

I can run the installation by ignoring the message. after that in DiskDruid dialogbox it shows some extra information with parttion information.

I formatted my whole harddisk but the problem is same.

Is linux support 80GB harddisk?

Please give me the solution of this problem

please help

A:Problem while installing linux8 in 80gb?

Hello BuntyIndia,
Try this one.
make 3 or 5GB unpartitioned space on your hard disk, and install again linux, because it automatically covers the unpartitioned space on hard disk.
hope it will help,



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Hey there guys, about six months ago I started receiving an error every few days on my computer on boot, and it was something along the lines of: 'pxe-rom: Check cable connection!'. To fix it I just used my Windows 7 install CD and it was fine, until whenever it'd happen again. Now, just about three days ago an error popped up that said 'Windows has detected a hard disk problem'. The hard drive is a 640 GB Toshiba MK6465GSXN. Anyway, after getting that message I quickly backed up all of my important documents and stuff onto an external HDD. It was also very slow, slower than my computer had ever been. So, I decided to do a clean install since scans with Malwarebytes and AVG detected nothing. And then, once it finished, it popped up the error message again?! I have noticed that the slowness has gone, but I'm not installing any programs in case it does fail. I am wondering that maybe the 'check cable connection' error was telling me something, but I didn't think anything of it. So, does it sound like I need to get a new hard drive?
EDIT: I bought a new hard drive, fixed!

A:Windows has detected a hard disk problem. Hard drive failing?

In many cases, that is Windows way of saying your hard drive is in imminent danger of failing. Of course there could be other problems, but windows will usually detect it first. A tutorial that may help is simple to use, but may take a while. Disk Check I would also get the Manufacturer's hard drive diagnostic program to check the drive. You were wise to back up all of your personal information.

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Hello, my notebook has suddenly experienced a problem with it's hard drive, and I'm at a loss as to what to do.

It's a "Compaq Presario CQ56" running "Windows 7". As far as I know all drivers and system software is up-to-date.

Well I was running a couple programs and the notebook froze a few times, but only for a minute or so. Then it froze for about 5 minutes. Not completely, but I couldn't access the programs to close them, so I long-pushed the power button and turned it off. I immediately tried to turn it back on several times, and was met with a black screen. After running some system checks and looking at the BIOS and all that, I understood that the problem was with my hard drive.

The system tests were as follows:
Memory Test: PASSED
Battery Test: PASSED
Run-in Test: Stalled at 35%
Start-up Test: Stalled at 35%
Hard Disk Test: Stalled at 2%

So the computer recognizes that the hard disk is there, but still gives me the "Hard Disk Not Exist" error messages at several points. I have no idea how to proceed from this point. My main concern is the integrity of my files; pics, videos, music (especially music).

Does anyone have any idea what I can do? Thank you very much.

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Hello everyone
I have 2 problems
please help
I have a problem with my Windows

my start up time is so big from a while and I don't know why
I have some nice widgets that showing to me the CPU utilization and RAM utilization
also shows me disk usage

I find that my CPU is always 2 to 15% and my RAM is 18% or something (While start up)

but I find that my disk usage graph is always full and stays like that for a while

so that I can use my PC normally after something like 4 minutes from starting the PC

is there's a utility to know which program is using the disk that much ?
or how can I stop that ?

I have a 6GB DDR3 RAM and I also have Windows 7 64bit
which is supposed to be able to address the 6 GB fine with no problems

suddenly I found out that in my system overview the memory is
6GB (2.00GB usable)

once before it was 4GB usable

and don't know how solve that :S

BIOS Settings are fine (I Suppose) cause I can't find an option to limit the amount of RAM or something

so please help

Any help would be greatly appreciated

A:High disk I/O causing slow startup / and a weird RAM problem

If you use the clean boot and follow the directions carefully, you will be able to determine the source of the problem
How to troubleshoot a problem by performing a clean boot in Windows Vista or in Windows 7

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I need to clone my 80 Gb to new 500 Gb HDD - both are Western Digital. I also have one USB drive that I use for storage and backup.
I've set up my new HDD as a slave to the old one. Went to BIOS and found out that new drive was detected as Primary Slave, and on boot Windows found new hardware and reported that it was ready to use.

But then I checked my Windows Explorer, and no, I didn't see my new drive there. Wasn't I supposed to, although there was nothing on it?

But, I started Acronis MigrateEasy and there it was listed, so I though I'd try anyway. I chose automatic mode, and everything seemed ok until the moment when software generated cloning script. When I clicked 'Proceed', I was prompted to reboot.
On reboot, and before Windows loaded, there was MigrateEasy screen... 'Checking partitions" and then all of sudden 'Congratulations' message stating that I successfully cloned the disk. (?) The entire process lasted few minutes and I knew something was wrong.

Of course, there was still nothing on my new disk, and it wouldn't boot.
I tried this process few times and gave up. Downloaded DriveImage, and interestingly enough, it didn't find my new drive. It found only my old drive and my USB one.

So, what did I do wrong?



A:Disk cloning - tried Acronis MigrateEasy, DriveImage... weird problem

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My company's computer needs to be patitioned and reformat. The system is still working well. I mean, nothing wrong with anything (weird huh?). Ok the hard disk just need to be 'split'. I mean, make drive C & D on the hard disk. I know how to do that... easy... Then the HD need to be formatted & reinstall windows XP. Ok, easy too..

But the main problem occured before I do anything (partition & format). I have my own bootable CD that I usually use for partitioning & formatting.

Ok, i insert the CD & restart.
I went to BIOS & changed the boot order (1st boot: CD-ROM, 2nd: HDD-0 & 3rd: Floppy). Then restart again.
Ok the bootable CD is excellently loaded.
I typed fdisk, then came the first problem. it says something like 'no fixed disk'. I exit fdisk.
Then I typed format c:, 2nd problem occured. it says something like, 'invalid drive'.
I forgot the error message because the pc is in my office right now. I'm currently at home 'begging for help' So the error message is not accurate. sorry..

I think, if I run the CD, the hard disk will not be loaded (or should I say, hard disk failure). & If I take off the CD & restart again, change the BIOS (1st boot: HDD-0) then windows will load! Weird right?

I don't think my CD is 'corrupted' nor broken because I tried to run the CD from another PC. Yes, I can access the C drive from that PC.

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A:Can't format hard-disk nor do partition when using boot disk. Hard-disk failure

It sounds like it might be the bootable CD you've created is not picking up the HDD's/partitions.
To eliminate this as a posibility travel to bootdisk and grab the WinME bootdisk and boot from there. If it picks up the HDD you can FDISK and Format from there.
The other option is to boot using the XP CD and let it handle the formatting/partitioning duties...


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I have an old Quantem Fireball 8GB Hard drive which I moved from my old cpu to my new one. The Weird thing is that the BIOS can detect the HD but Windows can't. I am running Windows Server 2003. Here is what I have at the moment:

Hard Drive 1 - Partitioned into 2. C:\ and D:\
Hard Drive 2 - ????

CD-RW - E:\
DVD - F:\

Any help on this would be appreciated!


A:Weird Hard Drive Problem

I'm guessing you're looking in My Computer or Explorer for it. Have you tried going into Computer Management (if 2003 works the same as 2000) to see if the drive is in there under Storage\Disk Management? If you don't need the data that's currently on it, you should be able to set it up from there and just reformat it.

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Hi, I was wondering if you could help with a problem I've had on a machine. This machine has been merrily running for about 3 years running WinXp. Today it decided to snuff it and presented me with a black screen and flashing cursor.

I booted to ERD Commander 2005 (which is basically just a crash utility for unbootable machines) which told me it couldn't find a windows install. I scanned the disk, it found the old volume, I tried to restore it but no luck. I took the hard drive out and tried it in another machine which wouldn't recgonise the drive at all. Tried it back in the original machine and again wouldn't recognise it at all. Just assume the hard drive had packed in and got another from another machine. This hard drive works fine in the machine it came out off and boots to XP.

When I put the drive in the machine I'm having problems with, it gives me a "A read error has occurred, press Ctrl+Alt+Delete". Tried it again back in its own machine and it works fine. Put it back in the problem machine, went into BIOS and the drive is recognised under IDE devices. I then booted to ERD Commander again. It can see the drive and sees the windows install and I can browse the drive and see all the files. So from ERD the drive seems fine, and from the other machine the drive boots to XP fine, but on this machine I get a "read error" even though everything is attached correctly.

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I am having issues with my external hard drive. It has been working just fine until today. The drive is showing up and I can access a few folders and fewer files, but the majority of the contents are nowhere to be found. It works without a hitch on every other computer in the house but the main one. Running chkdsk says the drive has a RAW file system and chkdsk can't run. This pc is running Win7 32-bit (all the others have win7 64-bit) but no idea why I'm having this issue. Yesterday I installed a new printer, did some windows updates, and had a power outage, so I suspect the problem lies with one of those things. I'm really at a loss here as what to do though.

A:Weird hard drive problem

A system restore would reverse the installing of the printer drivers and the updates. Since you had a power outage, my first guess would be that the drive is damaged, but since you say the drive works on other PCs this seems highly unlikely.

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I have two computers. One is a Dell Optiplex GX 100 the other a HP Pavillion A620n.
was having a problem with the HP CD & DVD player so disconnected the power cord and ribbon from both of them. A few weeks later had a system crash and had to wipe the hard drive, Re-install my OS which is Windows XP Home Edition.Found out the HD Jumpers were set to Cable Select and the HD was attached to Slave on the Ribbon. After install instead of loading windows the system shut down, rebooted up and went to a screen that said Start Windows with Safe Mode Start Windows With Networking, Start Windows with the command prompt, Start Windows with the last known good configutation that worked and finally Start Windows normally.

I opted for Start Windows Normally. Again it went through the POST operation then right back to the option screen to select how to start Windows. This time I opted for Last Know Good Configuration. Went through the post then right back to the Windows Option Screen. Checked the connections and everything was nice and tight. Tried one more time with Safe Mode but the same thing happened.
Thought something may be wrong with the hard drive so I disconnected the power supply to the HD, disconnected the Ribbon from the mother board and installed them in my Dell Optiplex GX 100.Instead of keeping the HD connected to slave I connected it to Master. Booted my machine and Windows Loaded normally.
Thought problem was solved. Boy was I wrong.
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A:Weird Hard Drive Problem

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Before I put down the problem here I don't really need tech support, I know what I need to do. I just want to put this on here for people to read and give their opinions.

Yesterday there was a lightining strike a few hundred meters from my house. My computer wasn't turned on, although the strike seems to have damaged the hard drive. The hard drive I have in my machine is a Samsung 3.2Gig (yeah yeah i know its small :0)
When I tried to start the computer I started fairly normally then I got this error message (Well something along these lines): Windows XP can not log you on because the following file is corrupted or missing NTuser. Logging you on using the default user.
So yeah this is ok but when I tried to access my documents and all that stuff the files have dissappeared, and I kept getting blue screens, so I started the system in safe mode (this took a very long time) when i finally got into the system, I tried to run the CHKDSK program, it said that it would scheudle a scan next time the computer restarts, so I restarted the computer and let it scan. The scan picked up lots of bad sectors and now the drive only registers as a 1.7Gig.. Which is strange seeing as the drive didn't have any bad sectors before this lightining strike.
Anyway, I'll think I'll try re-partitioning/formatting the drive and see what I can do from there, otherwise I've gotta fork at the money for a new drive.. Bummer!

A:Weird Hard Drive Problem

When lightning strikes or a severe power surge takes place, the CMOS settings sometimes change.
The hard disk doesn't actually have bad surface area; but, the logic board (the circuit board on the bottom of the drive) is bad and misreporting bad surface area. It really doesn't matter, though, because the logic boards usually cost more than the drives (with logic boards included). If this is the case, almost every surface scan will report more bad sectors.
Since you may have to purchase a new drive, I will make some suggestions:
Drives with 7200-RPM spin rates will deliver data faster than those with 5400-RPM rates.
Drives with 2 Megs of on-board cache (AKA Buffer) also perform better.
I buy only IBM, Seagate, Western Digital most of the time, Maxtor rarely, Samsung NEVER.


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I have two computers. One is a Dell Optiplex GX100 and the other is a HP Pavilion A620n. The HP had a very bad system crash. Had to wipe the hard drive and re-install my OS which was Windows XP Home Edition. Also had problems with my CD & DVD player so I physically went in and unhooked the power cords and cables.The HD jumpers were set to cable select and it was on the Slave part of the ribbon. Now when I boot up the computer it goes through the post operation then a screen comes up saying Start Windows In Safe Mode,Start Windows With Networking, Start Windows with the last good configuration that worked and finally start Windows Normally. I clicked on start Windows normally. Instead of loading Windows it did a post then went back to the screen that had the options to start Windows.

This time I clicked on Start Windows with the last good configuration that worked. The same thing happened that I said above. Checked to make sure all connections were tight and they were. Next I took out the cable and hard drive from my Dell Optiplex. Put in the cable and HD from the HP only this time I put The connection on the cable for master in the HD. Booted the machine and Windows loaded normally like it should. Thought problem solved. Put the Cable and HD back into the HP and made sure it was plugged into Master and not Slave. Booted the computer up. It went through the usual post but instead of loading Windows it went back to the screen that gave options on which way to start Window... Read more

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i had a 200 gig WD HD (with 2 partitions C and D) that became
unbootable, so when i hooked it to another computer, the second
partition where the data is stored is fine but C looked like it was
unformatted. So i managed to move all the data out of D drive, merged the 2 partitions together and formatted it as an extended drive (not active); i even ran chkdsk /f /r afterwards and it showed minor inconsistencies,etc.. but not bad sector or bad clusters today when i was transferring files to it, it gave me an error that "The file system structure on the disk is corrupt and unusable. Please run the chkdsk utility on the volume D"
but when i tried to do a chkdsk, it wouldnt allow me to and i got
another error message
"Application popup: Windows - Corrupt File : The file or directory D: is corrupt and unreadable. Please run the Chkdsk utility. "
i'm on windows 2kpro and so when i go to the computer mgmt console, it shows the HD is active (but it wasn't active before the error since i reformatted it); in window explorer, it looks as if it's unformatted;

that's a very strange problem

i'm running getdataback for ntfs right now hoping to retrieve as much data as i can b/c i recently moved a lot of data to it since it's used as a slave for storage.
if u have any ideas, i'd appreciate your input very much!

btw, i ran the western digital data lifeguard for windows program but i couldnt see anything that says it has error; idi... Read more

A:Please Help With A Weird Hard Drive Problem

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Just bought a new rig,
M3A78-CM Board with AMD Phenom 9950 processor

I can only use two hard drives at once, it would seem. I have 2 HDDs on an single IDE channel, and 1 Sata drive.
If I disconnect the 2nd IDE drive, leaving my OS IDE drive, and the Sata, then I have no trouble seeing these, however if I plug in that IDE drive, I can see both IDE drives, but no Sata drives.

What, the eff.

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Windows XP Pro SP2 - AMD 64 X2 4400+ - Asus A8R32-MVP Deluxe - 2GB OCZ XTC PC4000 CL3-4-3-8 - ATI Radeon x1900xt 512MB - Enermax Liberty 620W PSU

I've just finished (on the weekend) a clean install of Windows XP Pro SP2 with all the updates and latest drivers for all my hardware.

I built the PC back in March, this started happening a few months after that, and still continues now along with a host of other problems which I will explain.

When I boot up my computer, the video card fan spins up real loud, then I hear the BIOS beep, it then spins down and POSTS, quiet as a mouse. This is a normal boot. 1 out of 4 boots I will encounter where the fan spins up, I don't hear a beep, and the fan continues to keep spinning in a loop until I force the PC off and boot if back up.

The other time is when I just restart the PC in Windows. again, maybe 1 out of 4 tries ends up where the screen goes black, the light to the monitor turns amber and I don't hear the single beep at the BIOS, so it just sits there at the black screen until I shutdown manually.

Besides this, the PC has always run normal in Windows/Games. It was only when booting up or restarting.

Now, I've recently had the PC completely freeze/lockup multiple times while running 3DMark 2006, which it never has froze before the many times I ran it earlier this year. It froze at the detecting hardware phase and again in between tests.

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A:Weird intermittent problem with PC, hard to troubleshoot...

I'd start by testing your ram and your PSU.

Download and run and let it run for 6 or 7 passes (takes a few hours) to test your ram.

Then download and run SPEEDFAN to check the voltages on your +3.3v, +5v and +12v rails.

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I just got a 1tb hard drive, and it works great. But yesterday when i plugged it in a turned it on , the normal hard disk symbol in My Computer changed to a folder, and now when i click on it Windows brings up the "Open With" window and asks what program i want to open it with. I can browse and find windows explorer and it opens, but it wont let me click on the "Always use this program" box. I can also open it by right clicking and selecting Auto Run. But this is annoying. Can anyone help me? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

A:Weird External Hard drive Problem

I had a similar problem- with my 500GB plug and play -"auto play" - "couldn't move folders around" - (because then they wouldn't open) "Phantom010" gave me some good advice and I have not had any problems since, as a matter of fact all the errors I had been getting off and on for years have stopped. Here's the link:

In XP Pro, to view the Security tab, try this:

In XP Home, boot into Safe Mode. This is the one that worked for me, Good Luck - hope it helps.

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Well, lately I've been experiencing really annoying slow-downs in several applications.

After some googling, I think the problem is about some ports, which are closed...

1. I got no router, I use a modem.
2. I tried to turn off my firewall, and still I get this problem! (I use BitDefender Total Security 2009).

So first I want to be sure that the problem is because of those ports^^

any1 got a solution?

A:An extremely weird & hard-to-solve internet problem.

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I've got a weird problem with an external hard drive. It's a seagate 640 GB drive. When I connect it to my mac, disk utility says that there is a total capacity of 640 GB and 188 GB of free space.

When I connect this to my windows PC, disk management it says that there is total capacity of 596 GB and 148 GB free.

My question is, what is windows doing with this 40GB?


A:Solved: Weird problem with external hard drive

The different operating systems may be counting the number of bytes in a Gigabyte, differently. Example: One may be using a binary count (1024 bytes per kilobyte) and the other, simple math (1000 bytes per kilobyte).

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Just upgraded my laptop to ssd, done loads of searching on here for optimal settings and used samsung magican to help me out.

as it is quite a new laptop I set the hdd back to factory and then cloned on to the ssd.

The laptop runs very fast now, but its giving me very high benchmarks! are these normal

A:Samsung 840 evo 240gb with weird high benchmark

Yes you have rapid mode enabled. Give your SSD a few days and you'll find its even faster. These SSD are very fast the most noticeable upgrade that has come a long in a very long time and these 850 are the best of the bunch for sure.

I have both 840 pro and 850 pro they are both very fast and rapid mode really makes a difference.

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So, I have this problem, and it happens once in a while, maybe once a month. One of my hard drives stops working, it's like it gets deattached. For example, today I noticed that my download is limited to 9kB/s, what ever I tried to download. Then I noticed that when I try to access the hard drive, it's very slow. Then, I tried restarting my computer but that didn't work. And it never does. Even unplugging it from power didn't work. That works sometimes. I had to unplug my sata cable from the motherboard and plug it in another slot. That works. But the next time it happens, it will happen in this sata slot.

But last few days, whenever I restart my computer, even when I don't have that problem with my hard drive, I notice that it hangs on the post screen several more seconds and then it hangs on Windows 7 logo screen forever. I then have to unplug it from power and restart it again, and it works then. I checked all my hard drives with HD sentinel and couple more applications and no problems there. I've changed several sata cables, all new, and the problem persists.

Any idea what could cause this issue?

A:Weird problem with Windows starting and hard drives dissapearing

First thoughts
Is the OS on the primary partition, W7 hates being in second place.
If your specs are correct is there a 32/64 bit conflict.
Could be your RAM have you run Memtest (X8 passes)

And Marjan if this is the same comp that youve requested help for in the BSOD forum
run this tool, copy/paste the output

NO FURTHER HELP can be provided until you do so


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Hi, my old Sony Xperia Neo V was set to connect to my Windows 8.1 laptop as USB Mass Storage device. It had a microSD card. So when I plugged it in through the USB, Windows 8.1 displayed just a microSD device called "MICROSD" in THIS PC. When I transferred music or whatever, the pop-up window looked like this:

That's all right. Works like if I plugged a Hard Disk drive or flash memory.

But now, when I connect my new Samsung Galaxy Core II with android 4.4.2, there's no Mass Storage option. The most similar option is MTP (Media Trasfer Protocol). Now, in THIS PC there's a drive called "Phone". Inside Phone, there are 2 other drives called Phone and Card. So the first weird thing is that the laptop does not recognize the microSD as a drive itself (I think this is an Android 4.4.2 issue that does not support USB Mass Storage). When I transfer something to the microSD card, this window appears:
Why does this windows look different?
Why there's no speed transfer graphic?


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Hard disk type : Seagate SATA.
Model Number : ST3160215AS
Serial Number : 6RA1J7H0
Firmware Revision : 3.AAD

Mother Borad : Intel 945 GCCR

My hard disk has passed Short DST and failed Long DST of SeaTools, do the hard disk going to fail? If yes, how to transfer my data to a new hard disk easily?

Complete description of the issue :

1.I have experienced boot up issue with my PC 2 days back. My PC not even boot into safe mode also.I got the following blue screen errors on successive restart of PC .

A. 0x00000050 ( 0xC374037F, 0x00000000, 0x804FBA19, 0X00000000 )
B. STOP : C0000135 ( Unable to locate component )
c. 0x0000007E ( 0XC0000006, 0X80698C12, 0XF79896E4, 0XF79893E0 )

2. I have removed and replaced the hard disk ( several times ). I can boot into windows now and can work normally, But,one of the above Blue sreen errors is coming all of sudden while working on PC. It is happening independent of the application I am using.

3. And the following messages are coming at the XP welcome screen and while working on the PC.

A.C:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\netloc.wlt has corrupted and unreadable. Perform CKDSK.
B.C:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\APPFCONT.DAT has corrupted and unreadable. Perform CKDSK.
C.C:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\idsflt.cfg.bck has corrupted and unreadable. Perform CKDSK.
D.Cagefile.sys has corrupted and unreadable. Perform CKDSK.

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A:My hard disk has passed Short DST and failed Long DST of SeaTools, do the hard disk g

In a Run box, enter "chkdsk /r"
You'll be asked if you want to run chkdsk at the next reboot. Enter "Y".
Reboot, and be prepared to wait, as it may take a long time.

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I have an Asus laptop running windows 7 64 bit and this laptop came with 2 hard drives, each partitioned into two parts (C:\ & D:\ and E:\ & F:\).
I am transferring over 30GB of data from one drive (C:\) to the other (F:\)
Get this... the transfer rate is 1.2MB/s right now. Over 9 hours left to copy the 30GB. There are over 125,000 items but that still does not justify the 1.2MB/s
I am open to any suggestions but first, a few points.
Yes, I am sure they are two separate drives with those partitions.
Error checking showed zero errors on both drives.
This is the 3rd time I am trying a transfer.
Both drives are relatively empty (especially the F:\).
C:\ is my system disk.
The SMART data shows no read/write errors or overheating.
I have disabled the virus protection and all real-time scanning.
Again, I am very open to suggestions and checks. Feel free to post your idea!
Thanks in advance!

A:Laptop Hard Disk to Hard Disk transfer Extremely Slow

My experience with file transfers of the type you that the number of files doesn't matter...what matters is how large the files are.  Video files take much longer than text or document files.
Slow transfer rates between partitions/drives...can indicate a problem with either the partititon or the drive, IMO.
Please download MiniToolBox  , save it to your desktop and run it.
 Checkmark the following checkboxes:  List last 10 Event Viewer log  List Installed Programs  List Users, Partitions and Memory size.
 Click Go and paste the content into your next post.
 Also...please Publish a Snapshot using Speccy - , taking care to post the link of the snapshot in your next post.

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Windows XP sp2 wont boot from hard disk.

After much to do turns out my computer doesnt recognise the hard disk.

I have a seagate 500Gb SATA hard drive, its about a year old, the computer doesnt get hot in the slightest and it shouldnt be dead. I checked the wiring, as far as i can see, its all fine.

only conclusion i come to is that my hard disk is kaput which it shouldnt be. Can anyone give me any other possible solutions to try out before i cry and/or spend money on a new one? theres a lot of data on it i dont want to lose.

If not, ill plug it in to another computer to check, i havent done that yet because it will take me hours - i can only unscrew the hard drive from one side without rearranging the room.


A:Hard disk boot failure -> computer won't recognise hard disk

Is your Seagate the 7200.11 series?

We've been seeing a lot of harddrive issues layely that has nothing to do with the drive itself but bad SATA cables aas the cause. Do you have another one you can switch out?

When you say the computer doesn't recognize it we're talking the BIOS here, correct?

Another suggestion is what you have already suggested but I would "slave" it in antother system and see if you can access it that way.

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Yesterday i was surfing net when suddenly my system stopped responding. I waited for 5-10 mins but it dint come back so i pressed the reset button and that's where i guess i made a mistake. Since then whenever i try to start my pc a black screen appears saying "Select a proper boot device to boot".

I checked the boot device priority in the BIOS and found out that HDD is missing from there. However sometimes it shows itself there but still the system comes up with the same message. Someday's back i faced the same problem but that time the problem was solved when i unpluged my HDD and plugged it back. But now it is not working at all.

Can someone please tell me what is the problem with it? Is there any problem with my HDD or motherboard??

A:Hard Disk Problem. problem in booting. HDD not recognized

Most likely the hard drive. If it won't appear in BIOS, there is nothing you can do. You can't even test it. You'll have to take it out and connect it to another machine for testing.

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i have a 20Gb Seagate, i set it as a slave (40Gb Maxtor being master). when i open "My Computer" it tells me that my seagate still have 5.75Gb of free space but when i browse it i only shows "My Documents" folder and "mydocuments.000" file (i moved My Documents' path to the Seagate drive).what happened? ..and what should i do?

A:serious hard disk problem

If you've got nothing important on it reformat the drive
use a free 3rd party disk wiper writer to write 0's or 1's to the drive
try sourceforge for the application/program.
[email protected] Kill Disk is one such

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Yesterday the hard drive show me that I still left with 175GB of space but today when i start up my laptop, It shows that I'm left with 172GB. What happened? I didn't install anything or download anything.

A:Hard disk problem?

This sounds to me like System restore or maybe some Microsoft updates, Id check out some of the tutorials

System Restore - disk space
System Restore Task - Change Automatic Restore Point Schedule
SP1 Disk Cleanup Tool
SP2 Disk Cleanup Tool

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i really cant figure out what to do. please help.
i just put in a new hardrive and it shows up in the hardware manager but not in my computer. i know it works because i took it from another one of my cmomputers and also because i put it in as a master for a few minutes to transfer some files. now that i want it as a slave it wont show up.
help plz

A:hard disk problem??

How is this drive formatted? NTFS or FAT32? What operating system is installed the computer?

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My system was not booting i tried using f10 it worked but i selected f9 for default boot and now it says install hard drive. please what should i do. 

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I have no clue what is going on with my computer but i need help. Please someone, i have only had it for 2 months now so i dont know why it would be doing this. Grrrr Anyway this is message i am getting now.

windows detected a hard disk problem
back up your files immediatly to prevent informaation loss, and then contact the computer manufacturer to determine if you need to repair or replace the disk

Immediate steps
Because a disk failure will cause you to lose all programs, files and documents on the disk, you should back up your important information immediately.Try not to use your computer until you have repaired or replaced the hard disk.

Which disk is failing?
The following hard disks are reporting failure:
disk name: WDC WD1600BEVT-60ZCT1 ATA Device
Volume: C:\;D:\

A:Hard Disk Problem

Did you run checkdisk?
Sorry, I am no Vista user, so I cannot tell you how to run it, but should not be too hard to find (in XP right click on the disk, click properties and in properties it has an option to check the disk for errors).

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I have a outer hard disk. I used it with win 7 and i butted on shar with admins only. Now i am using win xp and i can't get my folders or files open. Can somebody help??

A:Problem with hard disk

Hi pilliboy12,

You will need to change owner of the folders & files.

Try This tutorial and see if it helps

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I've had this computer for about a year now, its rarely frozen, nor given me any troubles whatsoever. However, I turned it on today and to my surprise I receive this message at the DOS screen

Primary Master Hard Disk S.M.A.R.T Status Bad

Warning. Immediate back up your data and replace your hard disk drive.

A failure may be imminent.

As I said, i was surprised since my hard disk or computer never showed any sign of slowing down or any other problems. I inserted my recovery disk, and reformatted..

What happens next is kinda odd.. Although I still receive that annoying dos message, which prompts me to either hit F1 to continue, or delete to setup, each time I hit F1, it eventually works.. hence eventually since it takes waaay longer to load.

I'm wondering if theres any way to fix this.. My computer seems to be working fine right now, except for the fact that its slow on startup and such.

Any help would be appreciated. thank ya.

A:Hard disk problem

The "smart" software on your hd has detected imminent failure.Were it me, I would buy a new HD and install it asap, transfering all data I wanted to save."How does Active SMART protect my data?Just as soon as the hard disk state changes, an S.M.A.R.T. system, integrated into the disk, notifies you about it. The disk condition may slowly decline; however, this might not show for a bit, while the disk is able to correct its own mistakes. That can go on for some time until, one day, the disk is not able to fix its mistakes and the data on the disk is no longer readable or recoverable.All this time, while the disk condition was growing worse, the S.M.A.R.T. system has been notifying you about it."

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i was recently disconnecting disused network connections via a group selection when i accidently also disconnected my additional hard disk which contains all my music, movies, simpsons episodes etc....

i attempted to re-enable the hard disk through control panel > administrative tools > computer management > disk management but the option to enable the disk was greyed out.

I know the hard disk is still being detected because it is still present in the devices list.

Any help would be much appreciated!

A:Hard disk problem

can you see files that are on it?

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hey recently i reformatted and installed windows 7 home premium on my computer everything was running perfectly fine for about the first week then after that i randomly starting get a message saying " Windows detected a hard disk problem - back up your files immediately to prevent information loss, and then contact the computer manufacturer to determine if you need to repair or replace the disk" now i know that problem doesnt really have anything to do with but thought it was best to state what i did before hand..
My hard disk and model is SeaGate ST3500418AS...
I have tried a few things to try and repair this...
- Ran chkdsk /f and chkdsk /r twice... but to not avail
- Downloaded Seatools and ran the S.M.A.R.T, short and long drive self test. All of which failed.
- Ran Short and long generic tests and they passed.

Please can you help me try and fix this without having to call the manufacturer and get it replaced. Plus i dont have a External Hard Drive that i can use to backup my stuff (I probably should but dont) so if i have to that will cost me more money etc
PS: i have checked their site and it is covered by warranty so that wont be a problem if i have to get it replaced
Anyways any help would be much appreciated.....

A:Hard Disk Problem

My advice is to take Windows advice and start backing up your files and folders.

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Hi I have hard disk problem...I recently bought a second hand hard disk...just 20gigs, apparently it crashed...i restarted it then on the boot displays "disk drive read error, press ctrl+alt+del" after i had enough with that warning display...i formatted my laptop...installed a fresh windows xp...then not so long enough it crashed again with the same error i'm having.

Then I brought it to the one who sold it to me, he told me nothing is wrong with the hard disk, it has something to do with a virus, he cant even access "windows files" via slave drive, the same error keeps appearing, so he formatted it again then suggested to me to install another fresh windows, then still....when i went home and had it done...there it appears again.

My question is, is there really a virus that can actually "destroy" a hard disk? seems like my hdd is now just good for an external hdd, can i make it as a external hdd without having to worry about having my primary drive be infected?

A:Help...Hard disk problem

there are virii that can "destroy" a HDD, but lets just say its as good a chance as you winning the lotto and building yourself a spaceship to travel to mars in your natural lifetime..

so i gather that you've installed this in your laptop for your primary HDD? try downloading and using a disk diagnostic utility from the manufacturer's and running that on the HDD in question to find out the fault if its recoverable or not. You can also try your luck with a regen software and see if it works..

Get full refund if you can't do anything with it. But know this is one of the types of risk you get from buying second hand..

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Okay, this is a bit weird so bare with me, I'll give you any information you need just tell me what to do.
I'm a computer technician with some experience but I never had this problem before.
Let's say I am not working on the computer but sitting next to it and watching tv, suddenly I hear my (I assume) hard disk stops working (as if the power cable of it was taken out while it was working). Not too much noise but it can be heard if listened carefully. Then, when I try to access something on the computer like the windows calculator it will not come up fast like it usually should it will almost freeze my computer by thinking\processing and you can hear the hard disk starts to work again (just like you hear it when you turn on the computer from being shut). Some things doesn't trigger that though but until I reach the things that do trigger the hard disk to work again it will remain in a "sleep" mode.
I can still access the hard disk from the computer and open it with it "sleeps" but of course, entering it while it "sleeps" will cause my computer to nearly freeze and start the hard disk which is annoying at times.

Now, I have 2 other hard disks inside that computer which are much older than the one that (I assume) causes the problem. But they are working fine.

I ran a bootable software which is called "MHDD" to test all my hard disks one by one and they all were just fine. No warnings, no errors what so ever.

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A:A hard disk problem?

Check the Power Saving features in the Control Panel.

Normally, we kick in the screen saver ~10 minutes
Then hibernate the system after X - - depending upon if you access video/music on that system from elsewhere,
eg another system on the LAN or via your HDTV.

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I had a older Western Digital EIDD hard drive installed Model #AC28400 and since talking to Dell Tech, they had me do something that erased the Logical partition. The drive is 40GB and it shows only an 8GB space. How can I get the logical partition back?

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I have 2 hd, C and D.. on C i installed windows 7.. but on D i have my personal data.. before when I had win xp it was working without problems, now I cannot enter it..

first: , and when I click cancel it shows me
this :

I can`t format it, because I have data on it.. Help would be thankful !

A:Hard Disk Problem

It would help if we knew what motherboard you have.
It looks to me like a disk controller driver is not working right.
you can also attempt to run chkdsk on the selected drive.
Disk Check

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My laptop can not boot from hard disk any more. The computer has a windows xp. The computer can be booted with a boot disk. It writes a ramdrive in the hard disk. However, there is an error message of no valid FAT or FAT32 once the boot process is completed. It says that it may be a virus problem. Any suggestions?

A:Hard disk problem?

what disk are you using to boot the computer?? It may be that the hard drive is formatted as NTFS and the boot disk is too old to recognize this. If you are using an up to date disk then you may well find the drive is damaged or has a virus. How old is the laptop?? Warranty's??

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Hello all, I've been having some problems and was hoping someone wiser than me could help. This last week (finals week of course, just what I needed) my computer began to act up. Blue screen in Windows 2000. Can't remember what it said, but I got it when I rebooted too, then my compuer refused to boot, would scan for drives and give me an error saying it couldn't find a boot device.

I figure, hey, the hard drive is 5 years old now, it's time for it to go. So, I go and pick up a new Samsung 80 gig, 7200 RPM hard drive, pop it in, use a friend's computer to download the setup utility. First thing I notice, on the post screen, it lists my hard drive as being a bunch of ascii characters, as does the Disk Manager setup utility (which also just lists it as being 131 megs in size instead of 80 gigs). I tried fiddling with the jumpers on the disk, making sure I had it set as primary master, used a shiny new green IDE cable, and I'm running out of ideas. BIOS also fails to recognize my secondary HD when it is connected as a slave, pumps out giberish for it too.

Any ideas as to what's wrong? and any hints as to get the data off the old drive and onto the new?


Gigabyte GA-7VT600 moo
AMD 2500+ Barton CPU
512 Meg ram
Radeon 9500 Pro 128 meg
IBM 14.4 gig HD (dead!)
Samsung SP0802N 80 gig HD (not installed)
Maxtor 80 gig HD (secondary, works fine... I think)
Thanks for the help everyone!


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OS:Windows XP Professional
Processor: intel P4 3.2Ghz
Graphics Card: 6600 GT 128mb
Motherboard: Intel D915PGN

Problem Description:

I have a Seagate 200GB Barracuda 7200.7 rpm S-ATA Hard Drive.........ITS unbeleivably SLOW!!!!

These are results from HD-Tach:
Random Access: 12.6ms
CPU utilization: 50%
Average read: 3.7 MB/s

Very Low computer is cooled very well, and ive tried changing SATA cables....nothing changed. I also replaced the hard disk with a new one, same problem! so its not the hard disk itself!
Maybe its the Drivers, i have 915pgn mobo, do i need drivers in the first place? if i do then do u know where i can get them?
So anyone got any suggestions?
Also one thing i realized though,
in System Info....under Components-->Storage-->SCSI-->Its Empty....isnt there supposed to be something related to SATA drive?

this is what i have in system information under CONFLCITS/SHARING...
I/O Port 0x00000000-0x00000CF7 PCI bus
I/O Port 0x00000000-0x00000CF7 Direct memory access controller

I/O Port 0x000003C0-0x000003DF Intel® 915G/P/GV/GL/PL/910GE/GL PCI Express Root Port - 2581
I/O Port 0x000003C0-0x000003DF NVIDIA GeForce 6600 GT

Memory Address 0xF4000000-0xFBFFFFFF Intel® 915G/P/GV/GL/PL/910GE/GL PCI Express Root Port - 2581
Memory Address 0xF4000000-0xFBFFFFFF NVIDIA GeForce 6600 GT

I/O Port 0x00000400-0x0000047F Motherboard resources
I/O Port 0x00000400-0x0000047F Motherboard resources

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A:Hard Disk Problem! Big One!

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i have two hard disks... one for casual purpose and second one for SAP purpose some time and now i am facing problem, if i copy files from common hdisk to SAP hdisk that SAP hard disk was totally disappear and if i operate SAP hard disk it was not opening and after a long time some "windows/system32 error reinstall" message was appearing, so any one please clear this problem.

A:Two hard disk problem

wow that's vauge

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I bought HP pavilion ab205TU today that comes with 1TB hard disk but my notebook only has 99.9GB ? why is this so ? 

A:Hard disk problem

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I keep getting a warning that "windows detected a hard disk problem". It's prompting me to backup my system, however, it will not let me back it up. I'm not sure if this is a legitimate warning or not. I've run the following:
TDSS rootkit removal

If this is legitimate, is there any way I can backup?

Thanks for your help.

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I just had a bluescreen mini dump. Here is the record.

Problem signature:
Problem Event Name: BlueScreen
OS Version: 6.0.6002.
Locale ID: 1033

Additional information about the problem:
BCCode: 7a
BCP1: C0403E28
BCP2: C0000185
BCP3: 6990D860
BCP4: 807C5A9A
OS Version: 6_0_6002
Service Pack: 2_0
Product: 768_1

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i have a DELL Latitude X1 and its admin password and hard disk password protected, i took this laptop from a university guy and he went back to his country. i tried to open bios password with paper clip method,bios password is unloced and its working and with ASSET.exe add the service tag back on.but now the hard disk is not working even not in bios its says Hard Disk #**35891462T-595B, the system primary HDD, is protected by a password authentication system. You cannot access dafa on this hard drive without the correct password.

Even i disabled the admin and all other bios passwords.

Service Tag = D4PXL1J-595B
Hard Disk Model : MK3006GAL
HDD1442 DZK01
DP/N PH-0X7747-26402-538-04WP
S/N 35891462T

Please help me out, even i dont need the data in this hard disk, just want to clear this password.
Thanks In Advance. and sorry for my bad english.

A:Hard Disk Problem ! Plz Plz Help me out !

You may have to buy a replacement Hard Drive unless you can contact the old owner. I had the same issue a while ago, and found there was no way of removing the password - it's in the Firmware, and you can't flash it...without the password!

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Last Thursday I bought two DVDs of software at the Digital Mall, a place where pirated software abounds. I installed Photoshop all right (although it's not going now), but when I tried to install Dreamweaver, it didn't work (it told me that my system didn't have enough RAM,but I don't think this is related). I tried it again, and I got a blue screen saying that Windows had to shut down and "Beginning dump of physical memory". I restarted the computer, and when I got to Windows, my ASUS NB Probe, which monitors system status, said that the status was "Fatal". In the Hard Drive section it said "S.M.A.R.T: Start/Stop count Throughput performance". Now every time I start my computer I get a message saing something like "Hard Disk status BAD, Backup and Replace". To start the computer now, I have to press F2 to get into the setup, and then press Esc to discard changes and exit. I backed up all my data and used my computer's recovery disc to reformat the hard drive, but while the recovery process was going on, the same error message appeared during the numerous system restarts. Obviously reformatting the hard drive didn't fix the problem. There doesn't seem to be anything else wrong with the computer (although I had to reinstall Word last night and Photoshop wouldn't run, and I took it off but it won't let me reinstall [I got the same error message saying Windows had been shut down when I tried]). ... Read more

A:Hard Disk problem - looks serious

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My computer was working fine then one day it gave some "tick " sound from Hard Disk and hanged and then after 5-6 re-starts it started else hanged while detecting hard diskand same sound came again and again. I got the hard disk replaced from Samsung it is 80 Gb 7200 Rpm. Now the problem is i can't install XP.i tried installing it with 5-6 diffrent CD's but each time some diffrent kind of errors it gave. SOme times it restarts and fives some pagefault error with fastfat.sys, then sam error with some bus file .sys i tried removing my rams one after another same problem contnued. If i succesfully install XP by any chance then i can't load any driver (audio,Video,Mother board) as it does gets installed succesfully sometimes else...system automatically re-s with so many errors and most of the time drivers don't get loaded. i know how i am posting rite now thi thing..When i open just a forum ...million of spyware enter my PC. which keeps on messging again and again. And that site is spyware free..dunno how these wares come into my pc..i try using spybot but it behaves in very weird even loads and unloads automaticallyso as my audio,video, MOBO drivers. Please help me out. I tried this thing on my friends pc and it did same think though his Hard disk is working fine therei tried making my ard disk primary then also

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My Hard disk is 40GB & i got a 80 GB hard disk.can i include this 80GB hdd to my computer.can i get the pocedure to install it??i inserted it in my computer slot already but wen i on the computer it shows disk boot can i retrieve it??
After tat i took the 80gb hdd but then also same command come??can anyone help??whether my hdd has gone??i cannot detect??

A:Hard disk problem

I assume the 80 GB is new and the 40 GB is used?
Check your jumpers on the end of the hard drives. When you use two drives, the jumpers work best when set to master and slave, or else the EIDE cables must be connected right for cable select.
It is usually easier to setup and install the new drive without the other one connected.
In some computers, you may need the setup software of the hard drive manufacturer which you can find on the hard drive manufacturer web site... except for Toshiba, which has none.
Install one drive, jumpered as Master, and run your Windows Install or recovery disc. If that doesn't work, get back to us with what you have attempted thus far.

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I've got to return my computer to place of purchase for the 4th time due to a problem not being fixed. They give it back each time saying it's fixed but when I get home or after a few days it still occurs. Just wondering if anyone has any suggestions or can point me to any other tools/utilities that might be of assistance to me seeing as the shop can't seem to find a problem.

Symptoms of latest problem:
Computer speed bogs down:
- Screen will freeze for around 30 seconds every 30 seconds
- Simple start menu selections will take 30 seconds + to display.
- Check Disk runs very slow - over night.
- System Restore runs very slow - over night

Hanging on Intel motherboard startup screen during startup
"Unknown Hard Disk error - Ctrl-Alt-Del to restart"

Each time, the shop said they have tested all hardware and it all tests OK. Seeing as I had returned it twice already they said they replaced the hard drive *anyway* last time but probs still occurring. They acknowledge the bogged down speed during some operations.

My error events during the bogged down period includes a few dozen of:
Disk - The driver detected a controller error on \Device\Harddisk0\D.
atapi - The device, \Device\Ide\IdePort3, did not respond within the timeout period.

I have also had a few BSOD. Two were KERNEL_DATA_INPAGE_ERROR 0x0000007A atapi.sys and a 0x000000F4

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A:Hard Disk problem?

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OMG There is an error on my computer stating that it has problem with the hard disk. Then it suggest that I should back up all my files. This is due to a malware rootkit and I know it. My system respond is so slow now even when I startup my computer. Here all the method I have tried to diagnose: system restore, Scandisk, virus & malware software scan, and defrag but nothing works. Right now I am think of two solution to resolve this issue: use windows 7 recovery disk to fix master boot record or just replace my hard drive. Can somebody help me?

A:hard disk problem ?!

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i have a very series problem with my hard disk
i have a hard disk "magnetic data technologies " connected to my computer through USB port but i cannot initialize, partition or formate it and for any operation there is a unique message appeared says "the request cannot be performed because of an I/O device error"

please i need help


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hi guys.. i got a problem when i'm trying to format my hard disk and trying to install new window XP

suddenly, it said that "Error Code 4" and "Window can't find DLL for Kernel..

please help me.

A:Hard disk problem

Are you installing XP or a hard disk? Can you explain a bit more? Waht is the exact error?

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Recently I bought a new Seagate disk (20G ST320014A) and tried to set it up as a boot disk on my PC.I had a 4G old disk ),running Win 98 SE.Using DiskWizzard,I managed to set up the new disk as a boot disk and removed the old one.2-3 weeks later my new Seagate disk screwed up(showed me
bad sectors and ScanDisk was not able to proceed when I ran Windows 98 SE)
and the guys who sold me that disk told me to reformat it and to reinstall everything from scratch.I did it ,using DiskWizzard again and my old disk as a sourse disk,but this time I was not able to boot Win 98 SE from the disk.Win 98 is there,everything looks fine,but when I run Win 98 SE,it started on the screen and just get hung and freezed.I tried to use the disk
as a boot disk on another computer and it works there!!!Looks like it works on some other motheboards but not on mine(1 GHz MCI). Can you help me with this problem?
How can I boot again from this disk and run Win 98 SE again on my PC?

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I have 2 hard disk... first hard disk is maxtor and then second hard disk is western digital!

I have problem with first hard disk maxtor! when i try for install any software or copy music or video... my system hang and i can't do anything! but i haven't this problem with second hard disk western digital!

i try for chkdsk for all drive first hard disk for bad sector but i don't get report for bad secotr!

Also i download PowerMax is for test hard disk maxtor and all report was passed!!

How i can find problem for first hard disk?

Also when i try by Partition magic 8.5 for check errors i don't get any error just drive D: i get error:

If drive D have problem why i have this problem with other drive first hard disk like C E F G ??

Thank you

A:What's problem with my first hard disk?

It might be a good idea to repartition the drive. If you remove all the partitions (Why are there so many?), you can be sure that the partition tables are all valid.

If you can't do that, at least remove D: and repartition it.

Chkdsk run from the XP CD with the /r switch will check the drive's surface.

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System: Dell Dimension L466x. Windows 98SE Norton Internet security 2004.
Problem: Doing monthly cleanup with Norton. One button checkup Hard disk integrity scan. One error found in drive C the hard disk drive. Should be fixed by Disk Doctor. But that program hung up on the sub-portion Directory Structure, repeating over and over again. Could not finished the job.
So tried in Windows system tools the scandisk program. That one also hung up at one point, repeated over and over again.
My system works well. I am unaware of any functional problems. So I did defragmenting with the Windows system tools, and this was successfully completed without a problem.
Now I am bewildered. Have I a problem or not? Were it not for doing the monthly "housekeeping" I'd not be aware of anything out of line.
Thank you for your expertise and courtesy.
Geezer 77, now closer to 79 than 78.

A:Possible problem with hard disk

Hi Geezer 79

Can you run scandisk via dos mode?

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Hello friends... this is my 1st post... Heard this is site provides best solutions possible...

Well i would like to get the solution for my problem... my hard disk is not working.. the problem is like this...

it is detecting in BIOS and when i start computer it does proceed... i tried installing windows xp again but when i insert the cd and proceed it does not detect my hard disk at all... i have 4 partitions... none of the drives r detected.. i tried to go thru recovery from XP CD but its not deteccting any drive....

can u please provide me with some solution???

thanks in advance.....

A:Hard Disk Problem

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My Computer has a Promise HPT37x RAID PCI Card, with two 80GB Disks in RAID 0.
Recently, i added a seperate 120GB disk to the PCI Card, everything works fine.
However, when i try using Drive Image 2002 to backup my 80GB Disks, Drive Image would load, then it would say "Error 91: Disk Manager has been detected on drive 1, but Disk Manager is not running."
Powerquest tells me to erase the Disk Manger signature on my MBR or something (
However, the problem is solved when i remove the 120 GB hard drive from the PCI Card.
The problem is, I plan to save the image file on the 120GB disk, and now its just like a circle.
I have also tried Acronis TrueImage, but TrueImage doenst even see my HDs at all, even with the 120GB Disk unplugged.
Anyone got any idea how to fix this?

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I'm trying to reformat and install a fresh copy of windows XP in my acer aspire one, first ive used my winxp cd to reformat and install it but i get this message:
then so i pressed F3 to quit the setup, and went to BIOS to change the boot settings cuz i want to try my winxp installer in my usb flash drive so when i used it this what i get:

what should i do, is my hard disk totally corrupted? should i replace it? 'cause im pretty sure there is no problem with my winxp installers, ive tried to use to separate copies and ive been using these to reformat and install winxp to other comps... please help anyone..

A:Hard Disk Problem

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i have a dell dimension 8100 when i turn the computer on it starts up normally then it goes to this screen where it says secondary hard disk drive 0 not found and secondary hard disk drive 1 not found what should i do i need help badly

A:problem with hard disk please help

Could be as simple as a loose wire, or as bad as CMOS corrupted because of motherboard damage (e.g. mobo battery faulty). Needs technical examination.

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UHmm Need Help Again

I Open my computer and try to install a new Printer and then my computer start to hang then turn off when i open it there no harddisk booted tried to other computer but the harddisk dont respond, can i fix my harddisk???/.
My Specs Asus p5n-mx, dual core 2.53ghz, maxtor 160gb, 2gb ram, 512mb video card operating system Windows XP

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Hello, today when I started my computer (XP Pro Sp2 updated) it gave an
error about a corrupt file on drive C and said to run chkdsk. I ran it, found
problems so ran it again with /f. It apparently corrected the errors when it ran after restart.
The computer restarted, I ran chkdsk inside Windows again and it found
another error. I ran in it again with /f after restart and corrected.
It restartaed, ran again and found no errors.
Now I ran it again inside XP and if found this errors:
C:\Documents and Settings\Daniel>chkdsk c:
The type of the file system is NTFS.

WARNING! F parameter not specified.
Running CHKDSK in read-only mode.

CHKDSK is verifying files (stage 1 of 3)...
File verification completed.
CHKDSK is verifying indexes (stage 2 of 3)...
Deleting index entry tmp.edb in index $I30 of file 10204.
Deleting index entry schstorage.dat in index $I30 of file 12105.
Deleting index entry SCHSTO~1.DAT in index $I30 of file 12105.
Deleting index entry _L6622~1.KLT in index $I30 of file 12115.
Deleting index entry _L904B~1.KLT in index $I30 of file 12115.
Deleting index entry _LE3AF~1.KLT in index $I30 of file 12115.
Deleting index entry _LOCAL_0741fee6-fece-4a4d-b703-ca8d0c7d9d4d.klt in
index $I
30 of file 12115.
Deleting index entry _LOCAL_1cc36865-1840-414f-b955-6268904d6e52.klt in
index $I
30 of file 12115.
Deleting index entry _LOCAL_4ece1c30-e9fc-449a-9592-c8db14ce869a.klt in
index $I
30 of file 12115.
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A:Hard Disk problem

Computer parts die in one of three ways, little by little, intermittently, or all at once, but they all die eventually.

And they can come DOA or die at any time after they are made.

Everything you see is pointing out to you that the drive is dying.

Sometimes the obvious answer is the correct one.

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I purchases a seagate go flex 1 TB external hard disk..When I connect it to my laptop I can feel the spinning but my laptop is unable to recognize it.what should I do?

A:hard disk problem

Have you tried plugging into another computer? That's the first step; an up-to-date pc should do. But always use back panel usb ports, front panel usb ports are no good.

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i plugged external hard disk,,,cannot autoplay,showing 0% space in properties,and complete 500GB when opened for formatting,but also not letting format,i cannot open the hard disk,how can i?

A:Hard disk problem

yasir79 said:

i plugged external hard disk,,,cannot autoplay,showing 0% space in properties,and complete 500GB when opened for formatting,but also not letting format,i cannot open the hard disk,how can i?Click to expand...

It looked like it was already corrupted when you plugged it in.

You could check the properties, and healths of hard drive by:

Steps on reformatting via Computer Management said:

1. Right click on my computer and click Manage...

2. Go to disk management in under Storage after "Computer Management" window appears.

3. Look at the list, if you see hard drive in the bottom list, and not in top partition tables, it means that you need to reformat and make a new partition that your windows can understand and work on with. If you don't see your hard drive in either up or bottom, it means something bad happened with your external drive.Click to expand...

If you dont see it on list, try a few freeware app to get through this problems.

Listing of apps to fix/check hdd's said:

HDD Heath -
HDD Health v3.3 Build 220 Beta

[url=] EASUS Partition Master[/url][/quote]

Good luck man, and if it didn't work, take hard drive out of external drive and plug it inside your computer, sometime it helps when it can format while plugged in motherboard instead of USB .
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i have a weird problem.. i recently purchased a new computer which came with a 400 GB hard drive.. for some reason everyday around 3GB of free space gets taken .. i haven't downloaded or installed anything for the last 4 days and since then 15GB of free space is now gone.. what could be the problem??


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I have the same problem. It has to do with the shadowstorage, which is the space being reserved for system restore. See:

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