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Three hard drives down and counting

Q: Three hard drives down and counting

Brand new system with Asus A7N8X-X mobo, AMD Athlon processor.

The first hard drive was a western digital. It immediately started making loud clicking noises when I powered it up.

I returned it and bought a Maxtor diamond Max 80GB drive. This one allowed me to install windows, etc, and then started making clicking noises and locking up. Powermax reported that the drive was failing.

Returned it and got an identical Maxtor drive. Everything worked perfectly for a few days. Since I actually got the pc to boot, and some software installed, I discovered that the system was very unstable. A memory test revealed that the memory stick was bad. After replacing it, all was well.

I sent the computer home with its rightful owner, and he called me almost immediately. As soon as he powered it on, the hard drive started making loud clicking noises and locked up. Powermax revealed that the drive was failing.

How likely is it that this computer destroys three hard drives? Is there any possibility that the mobo or power supply is frying these drives? I've been carefully watching heat, and it seems withing tolerable ranges. HD is about 100 degrees, CPU around 115 degrees. The case has two big fans on it, and the cpu has another.

Am I doing something wrong?

A: Three hard drives down and counting

Check and/or replace the HD data and power cables. I once killed a floppy drive because the power cable was assembled wrong and 12V went to the 5V pin..

Check the PSU voltage levels too.

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Recently I formatted all the hard drives on my Gateway MX6214 Notebook computer.

When I attempt to install Windows XP it says the Setup cannot continue because no hard drives were found.

Obviously, the hard drives are in working condition because I also checked with some bootable diagnostic tools and the hard drives are check. But now it seems the "internal?" drivers on the hard drives have also been deleted during the format, so WINXP cannot recognize during installation. Same goes for installation of the OS Ubuntu =/

I do not have the original diagnostic cd that came with the notebook.

Are there any solutions anyone can point me towards?
 

A:Formatted Hard Drives, Trying to install Windows XP but no recognition of hard drives

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Hi,
I currently have 2 PATA hard drives installed in my system that both run off the same IDE ribbon cable. My MSI MS-7184 motherboard has 2 SATA connections and 2 SATA power supplies available. Would I benefit much by upgrading my hardrives to SATA ones? One of them holds the operating system and programs etc (160GB) and the other stores my mp3's (320GB). Would there be much speed gained or not enough for me to notice? Also would data be transferred faster if my PATA drives had one IDE cable each instead of sharing one? I seem to have 2 IDE connections on the motherboard.
 

A:Solved: SATA Hard Drives vs PATA Hard Drives

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A:Turn internal hard drives into external hard drives

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A Moderator has Moved your thread to our Windows 7 forum as there are some things you need to know in order to

rescue data you probably need and some other stuff you shouldl be aware of..help should arrive soon

My hard drive won't boot, and SMART says it's 'BAD, backup and replace."

I can't replace it now(no money), so I was wondering if there's a way to get Windows 7 completely pulled off the drive from its sectors and transferred to another storage drive WITHOUT the hard drive connected to a motherboard, no BIOS, etc. Just independent of its self, with the jumper/power to start it, can data be physically removed from it without it being connected to a motherboard?

Is there any way something like this can be done?

Because here's what I want to do ...

I want to clear the hard drive and keep its files, the OS, and other files on it, move them to another storage drive, then boot them from, say, a 64GB USB drive, and install them on a new hard drive from there. Will something like this work?

Assuming I boot from the USB with a new, functioning hard drive installed, can I just sort of "move" the OS to the new, empty hard drive to install it there? What are the steps of doing this exactly?

I'm not skilled/experienced in this area at all.
 

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I am running Windows XP SP3 right now on a Lenovo 7650-ELU and experiencing some odd problems. For some reason, the laptop I have will not recognize USB Flash Drives that I put into it or External Hard Drives. I know that the USB ports work correctly, because I have plugged in optical mouses and keyboards that work. I searched the forums and didn't see anything like this.

It's odd how when I first insert them, it makes the sound and shows the icon in the taskbar that would allow me to safely remove the device, but nothing else. So far, I have gone into the device manager and uninstalled all the USB ports and restarted hoping this would solve my problem, but it continues to do the same thing.

If anyone has some helpful advise, please post. I appreciate all the help.

Cheers!

A:USB Ports Don't Recognize Flash Drives or External Hard Drives

Has it ever worked before?

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So after a bit vague googling it seemed this was possible, so I went ahead and removed both optical drives, replacing them with 2 hard drives, (so now the PC has 4 internal drives).

... and they work! You wouldn't believe the hassle I've had with NetworkAttachedStorage and various different USB drives, while figuring out that this machine doesn't like USB drives!)

The thing is: the drives seem to be running really slowly. Is this because CD drives won't need to receive data as fast as hard drives do? Is there any way of setting it up to send data faster to these drives?
 

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I set up a new computer. Windows 7 Pro 64x
Everything was fine but then I connected a flash drive to it and I get:

Location Not Available
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If I go into the ?owner? tab of Advanced Security Settings, current owner says ?Unable to display current owner?
This is on every flash drive and portable hard drive on all 4 usb ports.
I am logged in as the administrator and there is not even another user account on the computer
I?ve run sfc /scannow

I?m absolutely stumped. I?ve never had this happen on any computer where I couldn?t use an external device.

This is not my computer so I?ll have to do whatever remotely.

Thank you for the help.

A:All Flash Drives & External Hard Drives NOT ACCESSIBLE?

Sometimes when I plug in a USB Thumb/Flash drive I get a message about "this device can perform faster if plugged into a USB 2 port" so I shut the computer down and pull the power cord and USB devices from the back of it. After waiting a bit I put everything back and all is good.

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I have a new computer plus a couple of other computers and I have some external hard drives and flash drives. what is the best way to check these devices to make sure they are clean, will just connecting them and viewing them or running AV and other security checks propose a risk to the computer that is checking?
Thanks for any advise!

A:External Hard drives and flash drives security

zformer,

You can consider the use of the Panda Vaccine on your computer and USB Drives:
Download Panda USB and AutoRun Vaccine - MajorGeeks

This tool provides a two way security by vaccinating both computer and/or USB drives.
It work on NTFS, FAT, FAT32 formatted drives.
However, vaccinating a USB drive cannot be undone without formatting the USB disk, using a hex editor, or a File Manager in a Linux distribution..


Next, make sure that your Antivirus can scan USB drives. Some do not have this option.

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thanx

A:USB hard drives/thumb drives to work

when I hook the usb thumb drive to the usb port on my printer, Vista recognizes it and lets me see the files on the drive, it also lets me copy a file to it but then freezes after it finishes copying (the copy window has a full progress bar and say "about 0 seconds remaining".

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A:Flash drives and external hard drives

It may be your explorer. Run a sfc /scannow in Command Prompt

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Is there a way to fix this? I have Vista Home Premium

Thanks

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A:Old hard drives, can I make them external drives ?

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Anyone that has anything else to possibly add, I'm more than happy to explore any and all options, so don't be shy!

Help is appreciated, thanks in advance!
 

A:External hard drives / flash drives.

i do not know the particulars of it but yes it is possible to copy/paste a programme file from c drive ,programme files, onto flash drive and run it, i do it myself
 

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Am i right in saying this, if so what can i do to over come this? I have been advise that it might be the jumpers on the CD RW and DVD ROM but i haven't changes these plus i do no what/how these work. Could this be a/the problem?

Thank you
 

A:Conflict between hard drives and cd drives

That would be the IDE cable and they have to be connected to PIN#1 of the drive to pin #1 of the cable there is a colored strip on one edge of the cable that connects to PIN#1 of the drive when connecting the drive the colored strip should be closest to you. Also please don't tell me your connecting cables with the PC powered up. IDE drive can also be daisy chained (two drives on each channel Master and slave)
 

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At start up I am getting the blue screen which says "remove any newly installed hard drives or hard drive controllers"

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Now when I am unable to boot up. It is a windows 7 64bit.

A:BSOD -Remove any newly installed hard drives or hard drive controllers

Please upload the BSOD Posting Instructions http://www.sevenforums.com/bsod-help-support/96879-blue-screen-death-bsod-posting-instructions.html. Upload the files here, this will tell you how. http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/9733-screenshots-files-upload-post-seven-forums.html

Also, please give us a better explanation so we will understand what you did.

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Please advise,
I installed a HGST 500 gb hard drive on my Dell E6410 Latitude Laptop.
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Re installed the original and it works fine!
Wish to know whether the HGST is compatible with Dell Latitude.
THank you.

A:HGST Laptop hard drivesvs Dell E6410 Hard drives.

It won't boot until you install an operating system (windows) on it. however you should be able to get to BIOS.
this one click here

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A:Solved: Hard drives mirrored, need to configure raid for one hard drive

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So far she's tried cleaning the connections on her 4 memory sticks (while grounded) and still cannot reinstall Windows due to the read/write error.

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A:Hard Driver Read/Write Error on Both Hard Drives

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The drvies are 120GB, 160GB, and 180GB but my system only recognizes 111GB, 149GB, and 167GB respectively. Tha tis about a 7% loss of space for each drive. 33 gigs lost in total. That's a lot of space.

None of the drives are partitioned and it's not and HP or other like system. It's a custom built PC. I only have an OS (WINXP) installed on my C drive (the 160 GB drive).

No matter how I connect these drives (on-borad IDE or IDE controller card) my system will not recognize the full space of any hard drive I install on my system.

The 120 is slave to the 160 and the 180 is on an ATA controller card (Promise Technologies) all by itself. All are Western Digital. The 180 is a special edition (and I recommend you stay away from WD special edition HDs. I have had to swap it for a refurb 3 times in 1.5 years. This is the first time I have installed it on a newer computer, though, so I hope it does not break like it did on my old, ancient system 3 times. My old system was and AMD 850 Duron with 128M RAM..but I digress).

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Thanks in advance.

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A:A Virtual Hard Drive? Two separate hard drives now run Win 7 x64

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I have very recently experienced the exact same problem when I updated my motherboard and processor.

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A:Two hard drives SSD and Hard Disk

What would be the the correct way of putting all my downloaded files onto the Hard Disk?Click to expand...

For future downloads specify a folder on the hard drive as the download folder.

For files you've already downloaded elsewhere copy or move them to the hard drive.
 

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A:Two 1TB Hard Drives or One 2TB Hard Drive?

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Greetings group.
I have a 2 month old hard drive that failed on my desktop PC, taking My Documents with 7 years worth of data. I had just moved the folder to the new drive and hadn't gotten a chance to backup yet.
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I'm so desperate for help. Any ideas appreciated.

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A:Hard Drives

see if this helps, it allows your upgrade cd's to install the os

http://community.winsupersite.com/b...-windows-7-with-upgrade-media-the-answer.aspx
 

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A:Hard Drives

How to assign a drive letter
To assign a drive letter to a drive, a partition, or a volume, follow these steps:
1. Log on as Administrator or as a member of the Administrators group.
2. Click Start, click Control Panel, and then click Performance and Maintenance.

Note If you do not see Performance and Maintenance, go to step 3. Performance and Maintenance appears in Control Panel only if you use Category view. If you use Classic view, Performance and Maintenance does not appear.
3. Click Administrative Tools, double-click Computer Management, and then click Disk Management in the left pane.
4. Right-click the drive, the partition, the logical drive, or the volume that you want to assign a drive letter to, and then click Change Drive Letter and Paths.
5. Click Add.
6. Click Assign the following drive letter if it is not already selected, and then either accept the default drive letter or click the drive letter that you want to use.
7. Click OK.
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How to change a drive letter
To change an existing drive letter on a drive, on a partition, or on a volume, follow these steps:
1. Log on as Administrator or as a member of the Administrators group.
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I install two hard drives on old GateWay computer. How do I change my Boot.ini file to give me a choice to from either hard dive?

Thanks!!!!
 

A:Two Hard Drives each has Win XP on it

Here's an example of one:
[boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional" /fastdetect
In NT, as I recall you had to change the attrib of boot.ini from whatever it was (+a+h maybe?) to edit and change it back when you're done.
in the above example the computer has one hard drive and 2 partitions. Yours will be setup for 2 hds, one partition on each?
 

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Hi all, it's been a while!
The power supply on my machine died recently and instead of replacing it I want to put the hard drive from it into another machine as the slave. The new machine's HD is running Win XPsp2. My current HD has Win98se on a small partition and the rest of my data on a larger one. I'm trying to figure out what's the best way to integrate the 2 into one machine the most efficient way.
My first question is, is this possible and/or is another direction I should be headed instead? If I install it this way, can I then repartion the Win98 partition and use it for more storage?
About the only other piece of hardware I want to move is my DSL modem.
Please let me know what other info you need from me ane any thoughts or suggestions..?

THANKS!!!!!!!!!
 

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Hey guys,

I posted something similar to this in the self build area but i think It'd get a better response here.

Basically I'm building a stand alone MP3 player and I need a HD that has both a normal (44 pin?) and a USB connection. This would mean you could have the same HD operate externally and then when you wanted use it internally.

Anyone know of a HD like this or of any work arounds?

Thanks,

James
 

A:Hard drives

Use a standard IDE HDD, and a USB to IDE cable adapter?
http://www.cwol.com/usb/usb-2-ide-adapter-ud200.htm
 

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I have a 120 gb hard drive, which is my old one and just recently bought a 200 gb hard drive. I have made my old drive the slave and the new 200 gb HD the master. I have having problems partitioning and installing the OS. I would like to have a C drive with 110 gb with XP running, a D drive with 20 gb with Windows ME running and then a E drive with 70 gb with no OS. I know I have to load ME first and XP second, but the ME boot disk does not see my 200 gb to partition? It only sees 130 gb because other programs like this do not support larger hard drives. What do I do? I tried a partitioning program called BootIt, which recognized the 200 gigs, but after partitioning, the ME and XP boot disk didn't like the partitioning that the BootIt created. Also there is an issue with FAT32 and NTFS. I think my ME Os will need a FAT32 file system and the XP will need NTFS. I have found out that ME will not be able to see the NTFS files. Any help I could get would be great! Thanks
 

A:Two hard drives (one is 200 gb) with two different OS

Do you want to dual boot

What you are trying to do doesn't seem to add up. There is no purpose for having a bootable OS on a drive D since it could never be booted up. Your master hard drive can have up to three primary partitions, formatted to boot different versions of Windows, but only one can be active and bootable at a time. The other would be "hidden". Microsoft supports this under what is called a dual boot configuration. Setting up a dual boot config can be a little complicated. Assuming you have XP installed already, check out the following link which describes the procedure to create a dual boot by adding ME to your C: drive. http://www.winxpfix.com/page5.htm#howwin982000 I would also check out other write-ups on Google.

What's your plan for the 130GB drive (will you keep it or retire it)?

Your XP primary partition would be an NTFS but the ME will have to be FAT32. When visible each would be your C: drive. After you get the two primary partitions set up, you must create an extended partition with at least two logical drives (say D: and E. One will be a FAT32 the other NTFS. When you boot to XP it will be able to see and use both, however, ME will only be able to access the FAT32 drive. If you need to share files between XP and ME the FAT32 drive would be the place for them.

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Generally which hard drive would have windows on it? one with 250GB or one with 36.7GB
 

A:Hard Drives

You could install an os on either one. However from your post, I am assuming the smaller one is an old raptor drive or perhaps a scsi drive. This is going to be faster than the 250gig one and you should probably use that one for the os and basic apps. Use the large drive for storage, backups, etc.
 

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I have 2 hard drives, both woefully small and disk space is often an issue. I have one as a slave and one as a master, so they show up as 2 seperate drives.

Am I right in thinking that there's some way to make them act as though they were one drive? ie. if a file were too big for 1 drive, then it would be written onto both.

Or should I stop being such a miser and go buy a decent hard drive?
 

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HI, I have win 7 64 bit.. I cloned my Seagate Hard drive to a Western Digital portable drive, using Acronis. It all went fine. Not even 4 weeks later, I had a registry failure. I was not even upset knowing I had a full and total backup. When I went to put all the info back onto my internal hard drive, it asked for a " Tib" file. I could not locate it. After many calls and emails to both Seagate and Western Digital, which was no help at all, I found out that I could not put the cloned drive info back onto my internal drive.. why?? cause they are "dis similar"! Meaning I could not put the info taken off the Seagate, onto the Western Digital back! I had to do a total fresh reinstall of Win 7.

My question is this.. I want to use the program that comes with Win 7 to do the back up. I will be taking the information again off the Seagate Internal drive and putting it onto a Western Digital external drive. If.. anything happens, will I be able to transfer the info from the Western Digital external back onto the Segate internal with the Win 7 program? Thanks for the help.. I am so frustrated over all this!

A:2 different Hard Drives???

Hello JoAnna, welcome to Windows Seven Forums.

Sorry to hear of your problem, but the answer to your question is yes, you can.

Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup

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Simple Qusestions - I hope:

1 Can i install a large HDD say 60GIG - i have WIN98SE ?
2 I have DVD, CD Zip HDD etc - how many devices can i attach to each IDE channel and where can i get the cables (UK) - or can you attach those clips that provide another outlet on an existing cable. Do additional devices cause speed reductions ?

Thanks in advance

Steve
 

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Hello Steven , each IDE channel can handle two drives and your OS wont stop you from using a large hard drive . . any modern hard drive will come with the software you need to do the install . you can get the cables at any place that carries any computer stuff , on or off the net . any mom and pop local place will have them . I dont know about those clips but most IDE cables have two conections . additional devices will not slow things , the more things that are running at the same time the more is asked of your CPU , but these things dont put much of a strain and only the devices that are active put any at all .
 

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Hi folks, I know you have prolly heard this one more times than you can count, but I could do with some help with this one !
My hard drive is going south, an I am looking to replace it. Looking on the net I am not stuck for choice ! What is the best hard drive make ? and also the one with the most instructions !!
What I would like to do is install a new drive, say 20 GB then copy some of the stuff off the old one ( the O/S some files, programs etc ) then ditch the old drive before it gives up on me completley an I lose all me files !
I have a realively slow p/c

Windows 98se
Time 500-3D DVD
500MHz
13GB
192 RAM
8 MB ATI RAGE PRO GRAPHICS
6X6 DVD ROM DRIVE
3D NOW TECHNOLOGY

I dont mind getting the right drive from the net, but I would prefer it to be in the UK so I can chase them if some thing goes wrong !
Thanks in advance,
Ian.
 

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I upgraded my computer. I put in an aopen board and and amd 2600 chip in my computer and am using the the same 80gig hard drive I had on the board I gave away. I tried to upgrade someone elses computer w/my Asus a7v8x board w/the same 512k of ram that worked perfectly in my computer. When installed the board in the persons computer the persons original hard drive stopped working. I used and old one and it booted up. They went out and bought an 80 gig seagate and put it in. I was still waiting for my chip to come in but to set him up I had my old amd 1800 chip in my old board and loaded xp on it. When I left the computer it was working fine. I recieved my 2600 chip today and when I took the 1800 chip out of my computer and put it in theirs the computer would start to boot but would freeze to a black blank screen and not boot into windows. I tried everything to get it to work, switching jumpers etc. I took that seagate and put it in my computer and it would not boot up either. I took my good hard drive in my computer and put into theirs and I would boot up to the safe mode selection screen. No matter what I selected the system would just reboot.... I'm at my wits end. Any Ideas? by the way, his power supply is only 135 watts and he is waiting for his new one. could someone pls explain what is happening?
Thanks!!!
Magoo
 

A:I go through hard drives like tp.

Howdy Magoo79...

IMHO I would wait untill the new power supply gets in, 135w is way under powered, for the system...
 

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hi i am a real beginner and will try and give as much detail as i can about my problem.I have just got a second hand dell inspiron 6000 with Windows XP. It has two hard drives c\ has 80gig and the e\drive 3gig.My problem apart from not knowing much is that i continually receive messeages that there is not enough space on the edrive. I have tried deleting files without success. the edrive appears to have the same operating files as the c\drive. It has the same program files, windows and even control panel. to install my printer it went straight to the edrive and when i download something like windows installer it wants to go to the edrive also.
Can i disconnect the edrive or what do you think is the best thing to do
thanks phantail
 

A:two hard drives

E may be a recovery disk, which is a partition, not a second drive.
In Disk Management (Rt-Click My Computer/Manage) look at the graphic and see if E shows on the same line as C, which would indicate it's a partition.
 

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I just had a new hard drive put in my computer that had 45gb. When the store installed it they left the old hard drive and that is the one I am using. I do not know how to get to the new one and use it. Can anyone help me? If you pull up the new drive which is on D, all that shows is the Recycled bin, the Command program, the Io.sys and the Msdos.sys. Do I double click on the command in order to go to new drive and use it. I am filling up my old drive which is only 5.3gb and that is why I had the new drive put on. They also told me that they partitioned the new drive into two 20gb drives,but My Computer only shows the old drive on C and the new one on D. They gave me a floppy disk that goes with the new drive, but I am afraid to open it and play around because I don't know what I am doing. I sure would appreciate anyones help out there! Thanks ahead of time.
 

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Hey guys ,

I bought a hard drive enclosure, and it only accepts IDE drives.

I also bought This Hard Drive .

can I use this hard drive with the enclosure ?
 

A:ATA hard drives = IDE hard drives ??

Double-checking after you already ordered it? Been there myself!

Yes, that is an IDE drive and will work just fine. Nice drive.
 

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I just installed a 320gb I had around in a spare PC. I was reading up on jumping everything and understood that I should set the main HD as master and the spare HD as slave on the primary IDE connector, then set my DVD drive as CS on the secondary.
My problem is that the master and slave connectors on the ribbon cable aren't long enough to reach both drives.(only places the drives will fit) So I hooked everything up CS while I put the main HD on the primary IDE and then hooked the DVD and spare drive on the secondary IDE. Everything seems to work fine and I can see both drives and everything, but on bootup I have to go into the boot menu and pick the main HD to boot. Is it safe to run everything this way? And if so how do I fix the booting issue?
 

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I'm just full of questions...I have two HDD's and only one is recognized by Windows explorer. I am running a 4.3G as master (Windows on this one) and the other (20G) as slave on IDE1 while a CD-ROM and CD-RW are on IDE2. All of the drivers, jumpers, BIOS, etc. are working and the 20G has gone through its partition setup (just one partition). Any ideas. If I still have to format the 20G (I thought that's what the drive's setup disk and partitioning was for) then how do I get to it? In DOS?
 

A:2 hard drives

If you set the partition and did not format it, it will not be seen. I would boot up again from a Win98 boot disk and at the A: prompt, type Format D or whatever the drive letter of the new drive is set as). You will be asked if you are sure with a reminder that anything on the disk is lost during a format. When done,reboot and windows should see it.
 

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Which is the better drive? Western Digital - My Book Essential 2TB External USB 3.0/2.0 Hard Drive or Seagate - FreeAgent GoFlex Desk 2TB External USB 2.0/3.0 Hard Drive

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Personally I have always bought enclosures and drives separately. Not only has it been much cheaper, but I don't encounter any of the software issues related to the pre-built ones.

Newegg.com - Rosewill RX-358-S BLK (Black) 3.5" SATA to USB & eSATA Ext. Enclosure w/Int.80mm fan
+
Newegg.com - Seagate Barracuda LP ST32000542AS 2TB 5900 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive -Bare Drive

for instance. Plugging the drive into the external enclosure is simply the matter of having a screwdriver on hand. It's not at all complicated.

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i have an 5400 rpm 1tb hard rive in my computer with windows 10 but i want to move it onto a 320 gb 7200 rpm how do i do so? And also on my computer it says i have two ram slots but i can only see one, is there another one or is the computer wrong?

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I've got a working computer with XP on the hard drive. I have a second non working computer with a formatted drive. The non working comp is not reading the hard drive when trying to install vista. When i put the formated drive in the working comp, it reads it as working. Can I unplug my working hard dirve and hook up the other to install vista and then transfer the drive to the non working comp and still have the original hard drive work as it was or will it mess with the motherboard?
 

A:2 hard drives, different os

You most likely won't be able to make that transfer after installing Vista, unless you are able to get into the hardware device manager of the non-working computer and delete the hardware/drivers most likely to cause issues. If both motherboards are of the same "Chipset", you will have a better chance of the swap working for you. Here's an article showing how to make such a transfer without re-installing Windows:

http://time4tech.com/article11.html

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When you say "non working computer", what exactly do you mean? What's preventing it from "working"?
 

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hello i got a computer man out to come fix my computer and then the next day when i tried turning on my computer it didnt turn on !! now i they sayin i need a new mother board and proccesor!!!! today i went for my own look tryin to fix it and i got it running but it comes up with a message saying drive slave..... please change to master. so i changed to my other hard drive and when i plug it in to the power the fan spins a little bit but nothing turns on help i dont know wat to do i aint spending ridiculous amounts of money on a new mother board!!!
 

A:Help Hard Drives!!!!!!!!

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Ok, heres the situation: I had 2 WD ~ 40GB SATA drives and 1 80 GB Sata drive connected to my PC, I recently got my last new hd, another ~40GB HD. I plugged it in and then I made a raid set out of that one and another drive that already had info on it, but then I deleted the set, never accessed it, or created a partition on it, and now the drive that had the data on it isn't "there." I go into Admin Tools, Computer Managment, Storage, click on that drive and properties and it says that the unallocated space is equal to the capacity. Did I just completely wipe the hd? Damn. Any chance of getting the info on that disc back?
 

A:Hard Drives

sounds like that is exactly what you did. You could try to find some of the programs that will make an attempt at it for you. Or you can spend mega bucks having it done professionally. I dont have any program anmes for you. I have never tried one so cant vouch for them. I hope the data wasnt mission critical or family heirloom type of stuff.
 

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I understand a computer needs adequate cooling and everything--especially the cpu. While browsing on an online hardware site for quieter case fans for either of my machines, I saw that hard drive cooling devices (brackets with fans on them that attach to the underside of hard drive) are also available.

My internal drives are a couple of recently purchased, standard 80gig Western Digital IDE drives. How hot do hard drives really get? Are cooling fans for hard drives really necessary?
 

A:Hard drives...how hot do they really get?

I think you may have opened a can of worms with that question

Personally, I don't concern myself with providing cooling for hard drives. When possible I don't like to stack hard drives on top of each other in the case, but I've done it before and will do it again I'm sure.

Hard drives are designed to be able to handle the heat they create, provided you aren't running them in a styrofoam box letting their heat build up. What I'm saying is the ambient air in your case should be at a level that the hard drive will cool adequetly without need for additional cooling.

My main system has a 120mm fan at the bottom front of the case sucking in air, and it just so happens I have hard drive mounts there, so I put 3 hard drives there where the air blows across the top of the bottom one, then there is a gap, then the 2nd hard drive where air can flow over top and bottom of it, and a 3rd hard drive after another space where air can flow over the bottom.

Smart drive placement and a decent case should eliminate any need for additional cooling IMO.
 

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How can I install my old hard drive into my new computer
 

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Simple

uh assuming you're using XP. power down your system.. plug it in, make sure it's reformatted to the appropriate file structure (NTFS on XP) and then start it up

(also, you can change your drive letter from "Control panel>Administrative Tools>computer management>Storage>Disk Management")
 

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I have 2 hard drives in my PC. Windows XP Pro was installed on C Drive. The drive boots up fine but then I try to access the C drive through My Computer it gives me the following message "Please go to the Control Panel and configure Systems Components". I click on the OK button and nothing happens. I go to the control panel and all seems to be fine. However the icon for the C drive is different from the icon for the D drive (second hard drive). I am able to access the drive through Windows Explorer though. Any ideas anyone??? Cheers!

System Type: Desktop / Tower

System Manufacturer: Dell

Operating System: Windows XP

Processor Type: AMD

Ammount of RAM: 1 GB (1024 MB)

Hard Drive Capacity: 120 GB

Video Card Manufacturer: ATI

Monitor Size: 19"

Printer Manufacturer: Cannon

Printer Type: Laser

Scanner

Network Card: 10/100 Mbps

DVD-ROM

Sound Card

Zip Drive
 

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It's been a while since I purchased a drive. What's the difference between an OEM drive and a retail drive aside from the nice box? Do OEM drives at list come with cables? I'm looking at SATA dries at Newegg.
 

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I have two hard drives. One is an external hard drive by usb. I set it up to be the primary.
It has Linux and MS Server 2003 on it. Linux is the primary on the drive. My problem is when it loads it goes to command line "grub>" I did have it in a hard case and it hooked up by IDE cable and it would just load. Now that I have switched it to USB, this "grub>" command comes up and it says i must load the kernel before I can boot.. Im not real sure about what command i need to put.
 

A:2 hard drives

Hi there,

Do you mean that the drive used to be internal and you took it out and put it in a USB enclosure? If that is the case, then all you need to do is reinstall the Linux bootlaoder (GRUB), so that it points to the partition at it's new location. You will have to use a drive mapping or partitioning tool such as Acronios to determine the exact location of the drive (i.e, /dev/sdb1), then you just need to run the following command:

grub> grub-install /dev/hd0 (replace with location of your partition)
Hope this helps.
 

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Does it make any difference to where i install my programs while having 2 drives? I have been told no in some cases and some others tell me that it's faster to split the data away from the drive with the os... So which is right or wrong?
 

A:Having 2 Hard Drives...

well, it is faster if you setup your hard drives in RAID 0.

If you are not using RAID however, then it doesnt make a difference which hard drive you store it on
 

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Hi,

I currently have a system with two hard drives which are mirror'd. I am now in need of expanding disc space but do not really want to reinstall/confidure everything.

If i add another two additional drives, am i right in thinking I can set the them both to be mirror'd as well? Thus allowing me to have my original RAID and the new one?

Is it a case of loading the RAID disc and creating the new RAID? i do not want to compramise my current mirror for obvious reasons.

Thanks for your help
 

A:Hard Drives

I think we need to know more about your hardware. Can your machine accommodate another RAID setup?
Why not use a single internal drive or an external?
Depending on your hardware, you may want to reconsider RAID any way.
 

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What is the best hard drive company out there? Is there really a best?
 

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I don`t think there is a best manufacturer. It`s all down to personal preference.

In my opinion, Id rate manufacturers like this.


1. Seagate
2. Western Digital
3. Maxtor
4. Hitachi

I`m sure other members will have other opinions.

Regards Howard
 

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I am in the process of upgrading my computer, and would like to know how many hard drives can I put in it without causing myself any major problems.

motherboard is winfast nf4k8ac-8ekrs
processor AMD athlon 64 3200+ socket 939
1 gig ddr400 ram
crappy Geforce 6200 PCI express
300w Aopen power supply
some sort of DVD burner

I have 4 existing hard drives to use, two 80gig seagate IDE drives and two 200gig seagate IDE drives.
the motherboard does have both IDE slota and SATA slots is it possible to get an adapter cable or am I dreaming?
I know it is over kill to have so many drives but rather try and install them now than try later when I do find I want the extra space.
thanks......
 

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I have a dell dimension 8100 , xp operating system, with a 20-gig ultra ata 7200rpm hard drive.I was approaching the capacity for this drive so I installed a maxtor 80-gig ultra ata 7200rpm drive.(I think I used the cable select jumper setting for both drives).I partitioned and formatted the drive.My system labeled the drive as drive (E) with a capcity of 80-gig.I have over 3,000 mp3 files in two directories.(93kbmp3 and 192kbmp3)both are on the 20 gig drive. I want to use both drives for storage.I am getting a message that my drive is approaching capacity on the 20-gig.Does the operating system automaticlly start storing on the second drive?What are my options for using both drives for storing my mp3's?Should I move one or both of the directories to the 80-gig?Any help in this matter would be greatly appreciated.

Thanx George
 

A:2 hard drives?

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I'm gonna put a second hard drive in my system. As long as I only use it as a secondary drive I don't need to put a OS on it right? I'll just have to set the second HDD to slave on the same cable as the primary HDD. Correct?
 

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Is it possible to move a hard drive out of one computer and put it into another?
My problem is I have a computer that died, I think or half died..
When I turn it on all the LED's on the front and back of the case as well as the one on the motherboard turn on and the fans spin not as fast as they once did but noting happens No boot up, no loading windows, no anything except the LED's and slow moving fans.

I thought it was the power supply going bad but I'm starting it's the motherboard..

Anyways I move more than one computer, 4 to tell the truth, and the one that started acting up is my main one and I have stuff on the Hard drive that I would like to keep.

So can I just hook it up in one of the other computers?

Thanks.
 

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i have 2 extra hard drives an id like to know can i put one of my other hard drives in this computer im on an clean it up an fix like what im saying can i switch hard drives i think there the same ......
 

A:about hard drives ?????????

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hey

Was just checking some information in my pc, and i noticed both of the Hard drives were quite hot, theres no problems with the fans or anything in there so im not sure if theres a problem or they just get like that.

The pc has been on for alot of the day and alot has been installed on it since they are new.

Is it a problem that they are getting quite hot?

Thanks

A:Hot Hard drives = bad?

How hot? The maximum operating temperatures for hard drives is usually around 60 degrees Celsius.

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What hard drive is best these days for performance, reliability and low noise. The Samsung Spinpoint F1 used to be the drive of the day. I'm a little out of touch the last few years, the western digital caviar black looks good.

Thanks

Tony

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WD Raptor Series?

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im not that tech savvy so please forgive me if my question is stupid but i got a 1Tb hard drive and i also have a 300 gb(witch has vista) how do i make it so i can chose what hard drive i want to boot from so i can install xp on my 1Tb Drive.
 

A:2 Hard Drives

if you want to dual boot then here is what u need to do:

http://www.techspot.com/guides/143-dual-boot-windows7/

if you want to only boot to xp , then u have to go to ur bios and select the 1TB hard disk as the master driver
 

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THere were a couple power interruptions last night after I shut down my computer. THis morning I discovered I now have 6 hard drives showing in "My Computer" rather than the normal C drive and an external USB drive with 2 partitions, E &F. I can access the C drive(shown as Local Disk) but not the USB drive . How can I get this back to normal?
 

A:2 hard drives have become 6

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I have just upgraded from XP Pro to Win 7 Ultimate. I have two hard drives and although they both show in "my computer" only one shows when I boot up. In XP I went into system advanced and altered it there to show both drive in the boot screen to give me the option of which drive to use. I tried this in 7 but it is all different.

Can anyone help me?

A:Two hard drives

Hi -

Was the XP key code was upgraded to Windows 7? Or is Windows 7 a full retail copy?

jcgriff2

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One of my hard drives failed, so I put in a 3TB Deskstar as a nice capacity upgrade. However, if I put in the Deskstar, the BIOS (M3A32-MVP Deluxe version 2104) doesn't show any red flags, while Windows 7 fails to boot. Without it, Windows boots fine. Even when I boot into Windows then attach the drive, it still restarts then goes into an infinite Startup Repair loop. How do I fix this?

Using the USB 2.0 port on my Thermaltake BlacX dock only lets me partition 800GB of the disk through Disk Management (on GPT or MBR), while trying the eSATA causes the crash. Using ASUS's Disk Unlocker dealie also does nothing.

A:3TB Hard Drives

Never mind, all I had to do was to switch the connector from the Marvell 6121 to the southbridge.

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I get the following Error when my hard drive boot. Stage1 Hard Disk Error. What is this? I can boot from a: drive and go into C:.
 

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Are you dual booting, the only thing that comes up for that error message is for grub boot loader which I know absolutely nothing about.
 

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how easy are hard drives to put in a laptop and what is a good kind for a toshiba a205
 

A:Hard drives

The Toshiba hard drives are superb... as are the Seagate and Western Digital. But the Fujitsu's are terrific, and our current choice... We would rank them 1 Fujitsu, 2 Toshiba, 3 Seagate, and 4 Western Digital

I would avoid the Hitachi an Samsung for now and never use the TriGem..
 

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Well, it has been awhile sinced I posted. the last time I was here. I had questions building my computer. We just completed it. It is awesome!! THANKS FOR YOU HELP!!!

No my questions: I kept my old hard drive, but I need to access the registry to get a serial # for my nero software. I saw a post about a site to download but could not fully open the porgram. Please help, I need to use this software ASAP.
 

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I have a problem I have 40 gb master hard drive with windows 98 on it. I also have a 30 gb slavehard drive with windows 98 on it. My slave drive is going bad but i have important files and programs on it. Is there a way i can copy my 30 gb slave onto my master so i can acces all my files. None of my hard drives are full so all my infromation can be but onto the 40gb. Is there a way to do this? Please help soon.
 

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Hi!
I'm building my own computer and I was wondering if I am able to hook up a hard drive with a SATA connection and another with a IDE connection?

Thanks for your help!
 

A:2 Hard drives

Yes

Obviously make the SATA C Drive
and ideally the IDE (ATA) D Drive

Confirm CMOS set for SATA as enabled
 

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quick question. can I replace the old hard drive with a new hard drive. i just found a great and cheap computer store. I can buy a hard drive for about $25.00 for a 1.gigabyte. Can i put this in my packard bell legend 1920 and will replacing the old hard drive lose any information or programs
 

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legal1023
According to all the testimonies on the attached website
many different upgrades have been successfully done to old PB's.
If you were to place your new hard drive as a slave to the existing master, format the new drive, and transfer the info from the old drive to the new, no info should be lost. After you completed the data transfer you can then remove your old drive and make the new drive the master, and if you wish install the old as a slave for I tiny bit of storage.
http://www.geocities.com/SiliconValley/Lakes/8774/upstory/pb486.html
Let us know what you decided to and how it turned out.
Dave
$25.00 is pretty cheap are you sure about these drives?
Are they used? If so how good are they?
Most of the user on the website upgraded to 6+ GB hard drives.
 

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i just bought a used e-machine w2785 at a yard sale. i brought it home and found i have 2 hard drives listed as c and e. it is booting from e drive and i want to make it boot from c drive and have e drive as a different drive so i may have my stuff on one and my wife can have hers on the other. how do i go about getting this done?
 

A:2 hard drives

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My friend gave me two used hard drives. How to verify them out if they are OK? He said one of them was making "click" noise during usage, but after formatting seems to be OK. Is there any way to check it? I tried to copy into and from those hard drives and they work fine, but I'm still a little bit scared to put them into my system.
 

A:Hard drives.

I just went through this process about a week ago and here is what I did.

There is Bart's Stuff Test. This tests that the read/write speeds are ok. If it runs at around 20mb+ that would be great. If it's much lower speed than that i'd consider buying a new hdd.

http://www.nu2.nu/bst/

Type in the drive letter (example G:\) --> click 'options' --> tick 'quick speed test' --> click 'OK' --> click 'start'

If the speed is ok then run a check disk.

Assuming you are running windows: Click the start button and type CMD into the search bar, right-click the CMD icon and "run as administrator".

In the Command Prompt type:

chkdsk [drive letter:] /r
for example: chkdsk g: /r

If it's showing a lot of bad clusters I'd toss the drive.
 

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I have two hard drives. The main has xp pro on it and the second has windows 98 wich I use for school but I do not know how get it to duel boot, so I can use it. how do I boot from the second drive?
 

A:need help have two hard drives

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Is there a way to automatically put all of my photos or Music on a different drive other than drive C ? I'm using Visa 32 bit OS with 3 gigs of ram and (3) 500 gig Hard drives. Core 2 duo Processor E6850 @ 3.00 GHz
Thanks HHO Rick
 

A:3 Hard Drives

If you bring up the start, menu, you will see "pictures" and "music" on the top right. Right click on one of these and choose "properties". In the pop up box, you will see a tab that says "location". Click this, then on the bottom box that says "move". From here browse to the location you want everything to go to, and its all set. Do the same for both items, and its all done
 

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My laptop has recently come back from repairs because my Hard Drive corrupted. Before I sent it back, I had a 320GB HDD that came with the laptop and when they sent it back I have 2 Hard Drives showing up in Computer. My C Drive and a D (DATA) Drive,

I've noticed that the C Drive is a 139 GB HDD and the D Drive is a 138GB HDD, have they added the DATA Drive to compensate for 320GB?

What can I use the D Drive for?
 

A:I have 2 hard drives?

It looks like they partitioned your single hard drive into two drives. It's still physically one drive though. You can use the D drive to store files like pictures, movies, documents, music, etc.
 

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i installed a 30 gb hard drive as my secondary in my computer . its only reading out that i have 9.54 gb as the capacity an its not right at all . my hard drive is a quantum fireball 30gb how do i get all my gb's back can any help me with this ill really appreciate it thank you all to those who help....................
 

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hi i bought 2 wd drives 1 at 3tb and 1 at 4tb to put some movies on they have both been formatted to fat32 useing this program
Code:
http://www.ridgecrop.demon.co.uk/index.htm?fat32format.htm
the movies have been encoded to mp4 useing ImTOO DVD Ripper Ultimate and wondershare Video Converter Ultimate when it worked , when i play the movies on the tv from 4tb drive some will work and other will say file not supported , but if i play the same movies from the 3tb drive the ones that did not work on the 4tb drive would work but other ones on the 3tb drive would not in which i dont understand why ? i am so confused , if i put movies on the 3tb drive they dont show up through the tv media player allthough ll movies have been done the same way , our the hard drives to big? or am i doing some thing wrong ? which is the best way to format these size of hard drive to fat32 into 1 partition thanks for your advice

A:hard drives 3 and 4tb

Fat32??? No - no - no. That is an ancient file system. Horrible for video.

Use Windows 7 to format the drives NTFS. (Backup your data first)
Or you could try a conversion:
Convert FAT or FAT32 Volume to NTFS

For video, particularly using the newer larger hard drives I would also use the Advanced Format (4k sectors). Much better for large video files.
Advanced Format - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
http://www.seagate.com/tech-insights...ves-master-ti/

Hope that helps.

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My dell 2350 died and it had windows xp. My grandson's computer is a new dell with vist. Is it possible to add a second hard drive to his computer and install my xp on it.
Thank you
 

A:2 hard drives

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I just built a new pc and installed windows 7....can i use my old hard drive as a scondary memory without complications...it has windows xp installed on it??
 

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Are usb hard drives a good way to back up the complete hard drive or are they only good for data. I have had a laptop crash five times in a year and it would be great if I could store an image of everything on my drive on another drive and be able to restore it without having to reload all that software. It turns out to be a whole days worth of work.
 

A:USB Hard Drives

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Hey, Whats the difference between a SCSI internal Hard drive and an Internal IDE hard drive? And what is an EIDE hard drive?
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jbjoker
SCSI is a different interface to hook the drive to. IDE, EIDE, ATA and UltraATA, ATA66, ATA100 are all terms for different speeds of the same type of connector. These connectors are motherboard specific. All IDE up to ATA100 are backwards compatible. For basic definitions: http://thetechnozone.com/pcbuyersguide/PCbuyersguide-Glossary.htm

SeeYa
 

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hi,

i just installed two hard disks on my computer

one is master (80gb)

second is slave (40gb)

i want to have windows xp on 80gb master hard disk and linux suse on 40gb slave hard disk. will i have evrytime open the boot menu to select what hard drive to boot from or is it possible that everytime i start the comp it will automatically give me two choces, what hard disk to boot from, and if nothing selected it will automatically boot from the master after few seconds. and would it be possible to acess files of the other hard drive while being into another. thanks!
 

A:2 hard drives

Yes, install Windows to the 80. Install Suse to the 40, after Suse is installed you'll be presented with a boot menu to choose Windows or Suse. By default it will automatically boot suse after 10 seconds or so, but you can change that.
 

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Hello!

I received a new laptop as a present, when i was installing it all, I made both C and D drive equal disk space.

Now I am having major issues as I am forever getting pop up message saying the disk space in C is running low. I have moved everything I know I can move to the D drive, Are you able to advise?

I desperately need to install Microsoft Office but don't have enough memory space.

Please help!

Yours Sincerely

A x
 

A:Hard Drives

You do know that you can install office on any hard drive; not just the c drive correct?

Next you can resize or even get rid of the d partition and allocate the space to c. Post what os you are running ie win7, win8, etc.
 

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I just got a hard drive with win2k but I am currently using a hd with win98. Question: Can I boot between the 2 HD and different OS's? Do I make 1 the master and the other the slave? ...........
Also I probably just will want to use win2k hard drive, how do I move files on 98 like excel to win2k? ..........Does widows OS needing to be on C:\ pose a problem concerning these 2 hard drives with 2 OS's?

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A:2 hard drives 2 OS

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I pulled a couple of hard drives out of a couple of computers and I was wandering what I would need to do to use them as a second hard drive for backup.One is a western digital Caviar 21000 and the second one is a western digital Caviar2540.

What would I need To do to make them external?

Thanx
Brian
 

A:old hard drives

First of all download the diagnostic tool here . Check the drives if everything is ok with them. When they are ok then you can set them either as slave on IDE0 or master/slave on IDE1. What you have to do is to set the jumpers on the HDD's back and plug in the IDE-cable the right way - red mark on pin1 (motherboard) and beside the power plug (HDD).
 

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So I finally decided that I need a new HD. Will any HD work compatibly with an PC? IF not what do I have to look for?
 

A:Hard Drives

all you really need to know is if you need ide or sata. other than that it's pretty much just up to you what brand and size you buy
 

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I am using two hard drives one with Windows ME as master and Ubuntu 6.06 as slave.

Should I be able to see the slave drive in My Documents?

Thank you, Cathy
 

A:Using two Hard drives

Unlikely as it will be formatted by default with the EXT2/3 or ReiserFS file systems. None of which ME can see without special drivers installed.
 

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