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how to install preinstalled vista from the old hard disk into the new hard disk?

Q: how to install preinstalled vista from the old hard disk into the new hard disk? new on this forum and i have a problem with my old hard disk..every time i turn up my pc, windows pop out message ""Windows detected a hard disk problem" ,"Back up your files immediately to prevent information loss". So i decided to replace my old hard disk, but problem is that i have vista preinstalled on my old hard disk. So my question is how can i install vista from my old hard disk into my new one?..please help me and thank u for your reply

A: how to install preinstalled vista from the old hard disk into the new hard disk?

hi check out this first just in case and if you do need to read this

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I've read many, many posts on many web sites on how to do this. In all cases, the poster did not have a DVD drive. That is not my situation.

Here is what I want to do.
I want to setup an unattended install of Vista 64 bit for my PC. I want to copy the contenets of the Vista DVD drive to a partition on my second hard drive.
I want to start with NO operating system on my PC.
I want to boot to something other than CD/DVD: could be hard disk, USB drive, floppy.
The reason I want to do this is simple. I'm an IT professional. I reload my PC frequently due to testing of software on my PC. Please don't reply with using other software like RollbackRx, etc. I know about those and use them.

I've read articles on how to create a bootable USB to install VITA. Didn't work.

To give you a better idea of what I want to do, here is how I install XP.
1. I use Disk Director to make a 30G Fat32 partition on first drive.
2. Second drive has a fat 32 partition with copy of WinXP install CD in a folder along with unattend.txt, etc.
3. I boot to a DOS floppy and then run setup from the second hard drive telling it to use the first hard drive (which is C:) and the unattend.txt file.

This works very fast since the source is on the hard disk.

A:How to install Vista from hard disk.

Create an image of the hard drive you want Vista on while Vista is installed
Store that image on a partition
Create a bootable USB with Symantec/Norton Ghost on it and image from A to B

I'm not exactly sure how to create the image, or how to make the bootable USB with Ghost, but I have a working bootable USB with Ghost that was given to me at my old job, so its deffinitly possible, the technique is out there somewhere

I know it works by emulating a floppy disk if that helps

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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.

Does anyone have any idea of the ... Read more

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 would like to........wait for it..........

'Install XP on a separate disk to preinstalled Vista for dual boot - with no Vista DVD'

There, I think that says it all. I bought the HP Pavillion dv9000 with Vista preinstalled - no installation CD or anything, just a partition for emergency recovery. Now, I do a lot of music technology and there are so many hardware/software issues regarding audio that I would like to have a seperate XP os to boot into for this purpose.

The question is: can this be done without a Vista installation disc? After all, why would I have the disc when it is preinstalled? And no, I dont want to have to download it from a cheap torrent site.

-I have the second HD for XP
-I have my old XP installation disc and registration
-I can disable SATA from the BIOS
-I can get the XP drivers for the laptop (it used to ship with XP, if I am correct)

Please help, I seem to be spending most of my life trying to configure the damn thing than being productive.

A:Install XP on separate disk to preinstalled Vista for dual boot - no vista dvd

My HP Pavilion that came with Vista, didn't do what my XP did nicely, although with much better hardware. I'm an artist/photographer, now, so mostly use Photoshop and Painter,
and preferred XP, which worked nicer with my color management. Here's what I did, and
hope this helps anyone else after all the web searching I did and found this entry. Decided to register to post a reply, thinking better late than never.

With the decline in HDD prices, I got a Western Digital 500GB disk to put XP on to dual boot with the existing 500GB Vista. Don't plan on using the WD data Lifeguard software, but you won't need it. The new drive had only the flat SATA for power connection, but the Hitachi it came with had Molex, also for power. Since the PC had only 1 SATA power plug, daisy chained with 2 other molex, I switched them and have both discs together (or you can buy an adapter). You may also need to supply an SATA cable as mine came with none, but WD can tell you from your order number. Now with 2 disks, I booted Vista and using the Disk Management screen (control panel>administrative tools>compuer management>disk management) you can find your blank disk and format it by right clicking on it. Easy enough.

Now boot the XP install CD. This was easy with my BIOS, ESC, for boot device choice.
But first, to avoid SATA problems using F10 for SETUP, use the advanced tab and change
the SATA property to IDE. LOTS easier than F6 later, and finding the right dr... Read more

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How can I install Vista on a new PC (e.g. with the system, recovery CD) and partition the hard disk (with e.g. Acronis Disk Director)? Is doing it possible in one step? Or would I have to first install Vista completely and then partition the hard disk after?Nice greetings, DirkEdit: Moved topic from All Other Applications to the more appropriate forum. ~ Animal

A:How to install Vista and partition the hard disk best?

Depending on how your recovery disks work, they are likely going to create a default set of partitions. Once the system is installed, then you can use the built in partitioner to alter the partitions how you want.

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Is it possible to install Vista on more than one partition on the same hard disk ?

If yes how ?

Also is it possible to install XP & then Vista on more than one partition of the same Hard Disk.?

A:Is it possible to install Vista on more than one partition on same Hard Disk?

Have a read Here and Here

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I have a laptop with processor 1.7ghz and 512DDR2 RAM which suitable to install vista. I heard many people said that 512 RAM just only eonugh store vista services.. means that no more available memory to store other third party software services that installed...

I know I can increase my page file but I don want to do that because it will slow down performance.

Is possible install VISTA inside external hard disk? Because I don want install vista inside fixed disk which required reformat disk if vista not suitable for my laptop. Very time consuming to uninstall OS on fixed disk....(Haha I just want to try VISTA only)

Here's my question...

1. If boot from windows Vista DVD, will it able to detect my external hard disk(Is required to change bios settings?)

2. Now if having two OS which XP inside fixed disk and Vista inside external hard disk, How I gonna choose which OS I want to login at the startup?

A:Possible? install Windows Vista inside external hard disk?


1. That depends on if your bios is capable of booting from a USB device. Read the manufacturer's instructions to see if this is possible.

2. You are probably going to have to choose one or the other by changing the settings in your bios to point one way or another. So each time you reboot, you are going to have to go into your bios and select the bootable device.

Some other observations: I think that the performance that you are going to get is going to be substandard... you already don't have enough memory and the fact that you will be running the OS from the external drive, well, that should slow it down quite a bit as well.

Be sure that if you do go through with this that you don't accidentally wipe out your fixed disk... I have seen this happen a lot with people "trying" Vista.

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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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Hello everbody, a reluctant famliy computer fixer here,
so here's the story-
we have a Gateway GM 5474 desktop computer that had the hard drive fail,
here are the computer specs that I started out with:

ProcessorAMD Athlon™64 X2 6000+, 64-bit dual core processor

Operates at 3.0 GHz
2 x 1024 KB L2 cache
2000 MHz system bus
Chipset: NVIDIA® GeForce® 6150SE
MemoryInstalled: 2048 MB DDR2, 667 MHz, (PC2-5300) dual channel memory (two 1024 MB DIMMs)

Expandable to: 4 GB (4 DDR2 DIMM slots)

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue500 GB, 7200 RPM, SATA II hard drive

Optical Drive: DVD ±RW, 16X super multi-format dual layer drive

Write max: 16X DVD±R, 6X DVD-RW, 6X DVD-R DL, 8X DVD+RW, 8X DVD+R DL, 12X DVD-RAM, 48X CD-R, 32X CD-RW
Read max: 12X DVD-ROM, 12X DVD-RAM, 48X CD-ROM
Video: NVIDIA GeForce™ 8500GT 256 MB

DirectX® 10 and Blu-ray™ / HD DVD™ capable
One DVI-I port with HDCP
One HDMI port
One S-Video port (includes DVI-VGA Dongle)
AudioIntegrated 8-Channel (7.1) High Definition AudioNetwork SupportIntegrated MARVELL 88E8056 10/100 Ethernet

Modem56 K ITU V.92 ready fax/modem

Power Supply400 watt

VideoNVIDIA GeForce™ 8500GT 256 MB

Read max: 12X DVD-ROM, 12X DVD-RAM, 48X CD-ROM

I took that hard drive out and replaced it with a

Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB Internal Serial ATA Hard Drive for Desktops

1TB maximum storage capacity
Serial ATA interface
Data transfer rates up to 3 Gbps
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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.

4.I have performed CHKDSK on all local drives exept local drive C. CHKDSK giving a message that " can no... Read more

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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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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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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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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What is the difference of 3.5 external hard disk (e.g. WD My Book) vs a 3.5 internal hard disk fixed into an enclosure to work like an external hard disk?

Are both good to be use as an external drive to store backup?

What 3.5 enclosure is good?


A:3.5 external hard disk vs 3.5 internal hard disk with enclosure?

What do you mean fixed into an enclosure to work like an external drive? Are you referring to a My Book 3.0 VIA USB 3.0.... vs.... an internal SATA III SSD or HDD? Be a little more specific.

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i have a 80gb internal hard disk since it was not sufficient i switched up to a 500gb hard disk so i want to know whether i can use my 80gb hard disk as an external hard disk
if so how please instruct me

A:how to change a internal hard disk to a external hard disk

Is the 80gb drive ide or sata?

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I will try to keep this as brief as possible and yet give you wise and wonderful tech persons all the information you need to help me out. I am intelligent, but NOT a super-user.

I have an e-machines desktop computer. It is old. A Cyrix MII 266 processor with upgraded memory. I have a 10gb Maxtor hard drive which is the issue at hand. I am running Win2000. My home computer (the e-machine desktop) is networked through a router with my printer and my business laptop.

The problem: Win2000 loads and boots. It LOOKS like it's functioning properly. However, it cannot read any of the files on the disk. When I try, it tells me C: is inaccessible. I can't search, explore, etc. The files are "non-existent."

I managed to get Windows to create a backup of it and saved that file to my Laptop. I can only "assume" that it actually backed up ALL the files on the drive so they are safe.

One really ODD thing you should know is that I cannot get into the BIOS. When it boots and usually gives you that second or two to hit [F2] and enter setup ... doesn't do that any more. I sit and hold the F2 key. Nope. I've second-guessed myself and tried the ESC key and the F1 key. I've tried it with and without the CTRL key. Nothing. So I can't even tell the silly thing to boot from the CD instead, load onto my D: backup drive and then kill the C: drive. It's like it's possessed.

Things I've already tried (not necessarily in this order):
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A:Solved: Hard Disk issue similar to "Help! Broken Hard disk" Thread

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My computer starts up to a black screen displaying smart hard disk error hard disk 1 (301), f2 system diagnostics enter continue start up. Run diagnostics hard drive failed with an error code. Tried to reset bios start up no luck, tried to do the recovery it says pic need to be repaired and won't let me go any further. I lost my recovery discs when I moved into my new house. Help

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I have a HP Ency Phoenix -810-160 that had a dead HD. I got a good deal on a SSD and thus replaced the drive. When I attempted to run the recovery disks, I ran into the issue that I kept getting a Hard Drisk Error blue screen at start up.  I found it odd so I took the drive and tested it on another computer. No issue. I've now been able to install windows 8.1 back on it and even upgraded it to Windows 10 before the deadline but I still get the blue sceen error.  All tests pass for both memory and the hard disk. System also runs fine with the exception that when I start up the computer there is a massive delay, then I get the Hard Disk Error, If I just F2 kit and then close and continue, the system finishes to start up.  I think I may be having a firmware issue but HP Assist is installed and all updates are suposed to be running.  Anyone outthere running into a similar issue? I feel like I'm having a false positive since I went up to a Solid State Drive. 

A:Hard Disk Error but Hard Disk fine

How much capacity, in GB, does the SSD have? Less than 256GB is unlikely to work with the recovery media.

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Got some problem here,just recently bought SATA 3.0 hard disk(samsung)and i forgot if my motherboard support this hard disk,after checking it only supports 1.5 SATA.I visited samsung website on how to force my Hard disk to run at 1.5,
I'd follow what the site told me to do but no luck still got the same problem ("Hardware Initiate failed,Please check device) (The BIOS does not be installed)

Anyone got an idea how to fix this,might be some BIOS set-up?Kindly walk me through,Im still using my trusted desktop Motherboard Asrock p4v8+ BIOS P1.50.Badly need help

A:SATA Hard Disk 3.0 to MOBO 1.5 Hard Disk

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HiCan someone please tell me how to copy eveything from hard disk #1 to hard disk #2then remove hard disk #1 and use hard disk #2 in its place..???I have tried a few different things that I know of and i'm out of ideas!Any help will be much appreciated!RegardsJim

A:Hard Disk To Hard Disk (straight Copy!)

Download Digital Dolly 1.0 and burn an .iso image to a CD. Create a folder on your computer to DL Digital Dolly to. Unzip DD in the same folder. Te create a bootable image.Use the Drive Image feature in DD to copy all the information From drive C:\ to D:\.MOD: Cleaned up mispelled word and poor sentence structure (Like you can see a difference).

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My hard disk (C drive where the windows 7 is) is going to fail soon. It has some bad sectors and some corrupted parts and I encountered blue screen that says something about hardware failure. When my Acronis is doing backup, Acronis stopped half way because it cannot access some sectors to do the backup, it was fine previously.

I can still login to windows (depends on luck).

1. I want to change to a new hard disk, what is the best/fastest way to do it?

2. If I copy the whole disk to another new disk, would I encounter problems copying half way since there a

3. Will the data copied to new hard disk be incomplete since there are bad/corrupted sectors on my old hard disk?

4. My old hard disk is 1TB WD Black. What should I use for the new hard disk? Does it need to be same size and model?

Thanks a lot. Greatly appreciate your help.

(I do know how to change a hard disk and reinstall Windows 7 (Windows 7 updates took a long time) and install all programs again and setup again. That would take a few days so I am wondering if there is a faster way.)

A:Hard disk is failing, how to change to a new hard disk?

If you don`t have a complete backup image, then there`s nothing you can do about it. You`re gonna have to re install windows.

Get your data off before the drive dies.

Your new drive does not have to be the same size and model, you can get whatever you want.

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the message I get for my HP desktop windows 8hard disk error Hard disk1 (3F1)why and fix it how?edited by moderator: Email address removed for safety

A:What caused & how do I fix Hard Disk error: Hard disk 1 3F1

Check cable connections at back of drive 1 are firmly connected.Try a new SATA cable to drive 1.Test drive 1 with SeaTools:

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I have posted a few questions before on this same issue, but I have finally come to realize that my Windows installation is destroyed. It simply will not boot, and half of the system files are gone when I access the hard drive. The recovery partition is damaged beyond repair. I need to get a copy of the XP Home CD from HP (I have the original key on the side of the computer). I have emailed them already, but I have seen many posts elsewhere that say manufacturers are extremely difficult to get copies of these disks from. In addition, I'm not sure with Vista out if manufacturers are even distributing XP disks anymore. So here is my question. I will understand if the moderators remove or edit this topic if they think it crosses the line in the forum rules, although I believe it is within the rules. So, with that said, are there any LEGAL (Repeat - LEGAL! NO SERIAL NUMBERS/ETC!) torrents where I can get this? In order to keep abuse from happening, I ask that if you have any suggestions, don't post them for everyone to see (and for some to possibly abuse) but PM me. I will also welcome questions from moderators if necessary as I am aware that this is a very controversial topic and knowing my intentions is very important. In addition, if anyone has any non-torrent options that may help someone in a similar position, feel free to post them. Thanks.

A:XP Home Preinstalled - Need LEGAL Install Disk - How to Get It?

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Goodmorning, anyway i do have a problema with my computer HP Pavillion a6640d desktop. The hard disk on my computer is dead already or should we say its lost... So i buy a new one, I try to fix it awhile ago.. but when i want to install the Os on the hard disk. It says .. cant partion blah blah nlah etc etc.. and dont want to installed it.. how to fix this... Can you help me???, Please!!

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I was wondering whether you could help out with a problem I am facing with my desktop.

I was trying to install a new 40 GB Seagate HD, but Auto Detect cannot pickup the HD

The HCL dealer here says that his h/w engineers are too incompetent, and is not willing to
provide any support ( not even an AMC).

Details :

Cumputer : HCL Busybee 2000, Pentium III-MMX CPU at 450MHz
<CPU ID:0672 Patch ID:0004>

Mother Board : Intel 810 (???)

( OS : Windows 98 SE)

BIOS : Award Modular BIOS v4.51PG, An Energy Star Ally
Copyright (C) 1984-98, Award Software Inc.

Intel 440BX/ZX AGPSet BIOS for 6BA V.2.6

Award Plug and Play BIOS Extension v1.0A

HD : IDE Drive Type 47

Hard Disk Controller :

- Intel 82371AB/EB PCI BUS
Master IDE Controller Version 001

- Primary IDE Controller (dual fifo)
- secondary IDE Controller (dual fifo)

Primary Master : Samsung SV0432A
Primary Slave : GIGABYTE GO-R5232C

New HD : Seagate Model : ST340015A (40 GB), RPM ???

16,383 CYL, 16 HDS, 63 Sectors, LBA 78,165,360

P/N : 9Y3001-313
HDA P/N : 100361223

Configuration Level : UWWE1
Configuration Code : ZEU-01
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A:Can't install second hard disk

I dont know about seagate but WD used to have a utility that would flash bios's on older 810 and 820 intel mobos that would allow them to recognize larger drives. I know seagate has a hard drive utility suite that is available from it's website but I dont know if it has that feature.

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I've bought a new HD - a Samsung SP1604N. I want to use it as a slave drive. So, I plugged it in to the PC (jumper was correct) and plugged in the power.

The plug and play sound came and the bottom right of my screen said that my PC had detected the drive.

Thing is, when I look under My Computer, it's not showing. I can't find any sign of the drive anywhere!

I'd be really grateful for some help. Cheers.

A:Can't install new hard disk

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i basicly would like to install 2 diffrent oprating systems on the same hard disk
one would be windows 7 and the othere one would be xp, and some how i would like to be able to choose wat one to use when i swich my computer on.... is that possible??? if so would you plz explaine how to do so step by step.... many thanks.

A:How to install 2 different O/S in one Hard disk

put in xp cd
partition your drive with however much space you want for each OS
install xp to the first one
next boot up a 7 dvd
choose the 2nd partition you made

The 7 will make an entry for xp and when you go to boot you will have a menu to choose which one you want

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I have tried to add a second hard disk to my P4/XP machine. It came with a 1.2 G Seagate ultra ATA 100 disk and I have bought a 500G PATA Seagate. I installed the new disk, using the 'cable select' option, as the secondary disk. It seemed to work OK at first and I successfully transferred files from the original disk. Only a day later when I tried to transfer more files I got the 'delayed write fail' message. Once I get this it won't go away and I have to reboot to continue using the computer. The computer seems to work OK if I don't use the new disk,except that I have started to get messages asking me to run Chkdsk. The latest message said that C:\windows was corrupt. I wonder if this means that the original disk is about to fail?
I would be satisfied if I could transfer everything to my new disk and forget about the original disk. Unfortunately I can't find the Windows disk so I can't re-install Windows.
Any suggestions or advice would be very welcome.

A:Hard disk install problem

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Dear Experts,

I have Dell Optiplex PC with one SATA 250GB HDD installed as HDD0 it has two partitions C and D and Windows XP Professional is installed on partition C. Now I want to add another SATA HDD of may be 300GB Capacity and want to install another copy of Win XP Professional.

I need steps how to do this, I have added hard drive to PC now I need to change boot order like CD ROM 1st boot device, HDD0 (Win XP already installed) 2nd boot device, HDD1 new hard disk 3rd boot device?

Then when I boot from CD how to select second new hard disk for windows installation? Please guide me for steps and also what needed to be changed in boot.ini file in HDD0 where windows is already installed so that when PC starts I see two Win XP options.

Waiting for reply.


A:Add new Hard disk & Install another Win XP Copy

Just why do you want to do this...why put the same O/S on a system?

What model Optiplex?

Do you have Dell XP/system installation disks?


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Hi all,

I’m expecting a new computer to be delivered tomorrow. This will have an 80gb Hard drive. We were going to give the old computer to the kids as it’s better than theirs, but they have a 40gb hard drive that we want to install into our new one.

I have two questions.

Question 1:
I want to make use of the old drive but I’m presuming you can’t have two discs with operating systems on them. How can I delete everything off the hard drive so that I can have a clean drive to install?

Question 2:
I would like to partition my hard drive so that I can have about 10gb or so for the operating system, then the rest I can use for files etc.

I thought It would be better to do this straight away before we start adding new programs and files.

Any help would be most appreciated.

A:Want to install OLD hard disk in NEW computer!

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I got a Dell Inspiron 6400 with XP and I'm trying to do a clean install of Windows 7 but this message shows up, any ideas how I can get passed this?

A:Cannot install Windows to this hard disk?

Quote: Originally Posted by doh23

I got a Dell Inspiron 6400 with XP and I'm trying to do a clean install of Windows 7 but this message shows up, any ideas how I can get passed this?

Use the winpe, diskpart and imagex approach to force it to do what you want. If that disk can boot XP, it can be wiped clean and forced to boot 7. Tell me more about your system, and the exact errors and I'll point you at the right tutorial.

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i have previously installed win 7 ultimate, 64 bit n windows 10, ran dual boot
aftr a while i deleted them both n also all the partitions like recovery ,reserved etc. except some imp partions of my personal files
i have efi system with gpt partition style
when i try to install its not working
it shows windows cannot b installed in gpt system...
what can i do to solve my prob?
pls help me out!

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I just replaced my hard disk put a new one on my inspiron  5520 I couldn't no data left on old one. I wanwanted to install Windows 10 that I had before but it is not booting up from my USB drive. I don't know what to do is this have something to do with BIOS or something.

A:Windows 10 on new hard disk can't install it.

The Inspiron 5520 was never tested for Windows 10 so it could be anything from BIOS incompatibility to other hardware.  I wouldn't bother with windows 10 imho.

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i have previously installed win 7 ultimate, 64 bit n windows 10, ran dual boot
aftr a while i deleted them both n also all the partitions like recovery ,reserved etc. except some imp partions of my personal files
i have efi system with gpt partition style
when i try to install its not working
it shows windows cannot b installed in gpt system...
what can i do to solve my prob?
pls help me out!

A:not able to install windows on my hard disk

What version of Windows you are trying to install ? How did you delete the partitions ? Try some 3rd party ( like Partition wizard ) program to wipe the disc and format it .

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I have a seagate baracuda 500 gb hard drive and it is giving me a headache installing in on my pc. Short story I have a pc with asus p5q motherboard, 2 gb ram ddr 3, and an ide hdd of 100 gb. I previously had the 500 gb sata installed but I had it taken uout of the pc for a while. Connecting the hard disk will result in one out of several fails : 1. I tried installing win 7 with both hdd connected. At the install screen i am only able to see the ide disk. I can see the sata hdd in bios, with both configurations for sata ( as ide or as ahci). 2. I tried connecting both of them and explore the drive after loading windows. The issue here is that the sata hdd was divided into 3 partitions (100 and 350) and my win only sees the 100gb partition. Needless to say I cannot open it or format it (tried with win format and several format tools). 3. Tries with xp install. I can see the 2 partitions in the setup but i am unable to delete or install.
Forgot to mention that I dont have a dvd wr and am using usb windows installers only. Also I tried using the ASUS EZ flash 2 from bios and it allows me to see the old folders on the hdd. Sata cable is new. I have 6 sata ports and I tried all of them.
What else can I do to fix this, and use the sata drive(either with the ide or alone)
Thank you in advance

A:cannot install sata hard disk

When installing any Windows OS, ONLY connect the HDD which will have the OS. Numerous issues can arise with other drives installed, most of them bad. Also, depending on the motherboard, install will only work on the SATA drive with the IDE drive disconnected.

If Windows can't alter the HDD, you can try use the drive manufacturers disk tools.

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I'm having problems reinstalling Windows XP, it keeps saying that there is no Hard Disk Drive detected. I want to format and then reinstall through the windows setup cd.

I have a Compaq V3793TU laptop.

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, Service Pack 3, 32 bit
Processor: Intel Pentium III processor, x86 Family 6 Model 23 Stepping 6
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 1014 Mb
Graphics Card: Mobile Intel(R) 965 Express Chipset Family, 384 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 72614 MB, Free - 13357 MB; D: Total - 80003 MB, Free - 1075 MB;
Motherboard: Wistron, 30CD, 80.49,
Antivirus: Spyware Doctor with AntiVirus, Updated: Yes, On-Demand Scanner: Disabled

A:Windows XP Install - No Hard Disk

Here is the support site for the Compaq Presario V3793TU laptop. You should add and save this site in your browser favorites/bookmarks list so you can readily refer to it when needed.

It's product specifications section lists hardware and devices that are completely different than what you've submitted. I suspected something was wrong when I saw an Intel Pentium III processor listed along with 1024 MB of RAM. I've never seen a computer with that processor that supports more than 512 - 768 MB of RAM.

From what I can determine, Windows Vista came pre-installed in that laptop. Did you do a "downgrade" to Windows XP?

Are you using an actual Windows XP CD and have you set the optical drive first in the boot order?


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after i put my cd-rom and logon to install windows 7,the process run smoothly UNTIL after i choose custom(advance) option/installation, there is no hard disk detected. so i cannot install windows 7. any idea??

A:no hard disk detected when trying to install win 7

We need more info man like do u have a RAID setup?, you need to fill out your system specs here is the link on how to do it: and why are you installing windows 7 when you allready have it installed?

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I have an Asus UL80Vt notebook. Asus does not believe in supplying a disk with a full installable version of Windows 7 with the computer- I got two disks with my system- "Windows 7 Recovery Media for Windows 7 Product" and a disk with Asus drivers and utilities.

Immediately upon starting the computer I was advised to create system restore disks, and 3 hours later I had 4 DVD-Rs with a complete rebuild on them. Also the factory hard drive has a hidden restore partition with about 9 GB of space.

I just purchased an OCZ SSD, and I want to remove and replace my factory Maxtor. From what I understand about SSDs it is not a good idea to clone a standard disk drive on to them, you should do a clean, fresh install of the OS.

Riddle me this- with what I have is that possible? Can I ask Microsoft to supply me with an install disk? Should I ask Asus? Am I supposed to get one with a system purchased from an authorized vendor (I do have the hologram sticker on the bottom of my laptop)?

I had one guy tell me to buy a copy, Newegg has OEM licenses for $105. WTF? I don't think so, I paid for the damn license already, not just a plastic box full of electronics.

What do I do now?


A:New hard drive, no install disk

I can't speak to the SSD aspect, but Windows has a backup and restore utility. If you create a system image to an external drive, or another internal drive, you might try restoring it to the SSD drive.

I have replaced a normal SATA drive and used the image restore to get my system where it was prior to the drive change. I do not have an SSD drive, but I think if I did have one, I would make sure I was keeping an image backup.

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I have Windows Home Premium. installed.The hard disk has 2 partitions
I want to install Windows 7 Ultimate on the same hard drive, using the second partition.

Can it be done with a dual boot? and if possible, how?!

Thanks in advance!

A:Can I install 2 versions of Win 7 on the same hard disk?

Your HD disk 0, has three Primary Partition & one Logical.

I would delete the Logical drive, remake to Primary & follow this tutorial:
Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and Vista
Replace Vista with Windows 7.

Warning:Making a Dual boot with a OEM Recovery Partition, may make Recovery unuseable.
Make sure you make the OEM Recoivery disks first.

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After I tried to make a dual boot with Ubuntu and Windows 7 Ultimate (64-bit), Windows now does not boot. I have tried to reinstall and repair the HDD but the disc fails to recognize my HDD (Western Digital Scorpio Black 500 GB). My HDD is Basic, has 3 primary partitions and 1 extended (3 logical). Ubuntu 11.10 can boot fine.

A:Windows 7 Install Disc fails to see hard disk after Ubuntu install

Did you install Windows 7, then install Ubuntu?

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Hi friends....
I had 2 HDD.. The 1st is a 160 Gb SATA and the 2nd is a 250 Gb Sata... I was working with windows xp sp2 very well and wanted to try vista. I had my 1st Hard disk (i.e) 160 gb as the primary n the 2nd as backup.

I had 20 gb as primary partition and 3 others drives in the logical in the extended partition for the 1st hdd with all as NTFS. So i installed vista ultimate n worked fine crackng it. no problems at all. finally i gave my 2nd hdd for replacement tht 250 gb. and i created partition in vista as 5 simple partitions with ntfs.

copied back all my backup in 250gb. and finally got bugged by vistas poor performance. so installed xp back on my 1st 160 gb. it works fine now... no issues at all.... but the problem is im not able to access the 250 gb. its showing all the partitions as empty and its not unallocated . xp is not able to identify tht partition. i want the datas badly.

Should i need to install vista again in some other hdd so tht i can copy all data and repartition tht 250 gb ?????? any solution so tht i can access the data in windows xp ???

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Hey ppl,I tried to formatted my access denied hard disk but I still cannot access it even after the format.I still get Acess Denied.
Any help???
Vista Home Basic

A:How To Format Hard Disk,Vista

fredvlee said:

I tried to formattedClick to expand...

Was the format successful or did you get errors?
I suspect you'd have to boot with the Windows CD and delete the partition. If you set a Deny permission on the drive for the User group, you won't be able to do anything from within Windows, though it might let you delete the partition. If so, you can create a new one and then format it.

You can use a Linux Live CD to recover your files if you haven't formatted the drive and have not already copied them off.

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i dont have dvd rom drive and i am using xp (c drive ) and i want to install windows vista on my d drive so, could i install vista from my hardisk (without using dvd rom drive) running xp ????? i am in confusion right now so plz tell me.............

and also tell me any website where i purchase intel core 2 duo processor E4300 and E4400 online at thier origianal or near price.. but that website must ships the product to india.........

A:Installing vista from Hard disk ?????

How are you going to copy the Vista installation files to your HDD when you don't have a DVD drive?


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I having some problem to see my hard disk status..
As you guy can see my picture uploaded, the status bar disappear and leaving
an empty line for both of my hard disk.. What is causing this problem??

A:Vista 32 hard disk problem


Try going to the page, right click and select a different view settings. See if that helps.

If not select a different setting, boot up and then change to the one that you want, see if that helps. It looks like some small corruption.

If that does not work, we may be able to fix it with a cmd command.

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Does anyone know of any good hard disk analyzers that work with Vista? I prefer freeware.

A:Hard Disk Analyzer for Vista

there are literally hundreds. google it. almost every one that works for xp will work with vista.

what are you trying to do? I recommend glarysoft glary utilities.

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ok so i have a gateway model number mx8711... nice laptop... i have a vista cd and i loaded it in...
1deleted hd
2created HD
3formated HD
4installed software

well at the end of the install it just sits there like nothing is working...... so aparently Vista does not wanna go on to this laptop... so i put a windows XP PRO cd in

goes and does it's thing... THEN.. cant find hard disk...

- i know i need drivers for this but HOW? it's a laptop with only a cd-rom drive and a pcmcia nothing more... no floppy....

how can i get an OS onto this laptop??

A:HELP! Hard disk not found! XP/vista

Welcome to Techspot..

Can you you give more info.. You say you had XP on this laptop then you wanted to install vista? Does this laptop meet vista requirements? If it doesn't the put xp back on..

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I have a Linksys WRT600N router with attached hard disk. My XP desktop can see it as Z: drive but my new Dell XPS 1330 with Vista Home Premium can not. Linksys says that only VISTA Ultimate can see it because of "SECPOL." Is this true and is there a solution? Many thanks.

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I was attempting to replace a version of windows 8.1 that was reported here that it had been hacked.  By a friend, I was told to do a clean install after I had repartitioned it and formated to clear all the hacks off.  I understood windows 8 could handle this.  I went into install.  I tried to break down the non reserve area (1TB) into 3 areas, but it would not let me, I understtod it wanted the allocated space removed, so I did.  When I tried to re-allocate a portion it gave me an error due to file status in the reserve area, and as i understood it to say it needed reformating in that area.  It offered to reformat it and I allowed.  Now the install disk claims after it reformated the reserve area is not formated correctly for system files so it will not procede.  I see no area to tell it how to format correctly so without being able to boot that system, how can I correct this to the proper format and then partition it into 3 areas?  I have access on another system to post this and down load something if told to.

A:Hard Disk format issue from Win 8 install.

Hi PinMan3 I think it would be easier if you format the hard drive into a single partition, install Windows, and then create separate partitions after. This way, Windows 8.1 will install correctly and you'll be able to use the Windows Disk Management utility to create your two other partitions (or you can use a third-party program).

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I turned on my computer and got this message '"boot device not found please install an operating system on your hard drive."'.... Please can someone tell me what to do?

A:how to install an operating system on my hard disk

The message that you are receiving means that your hard drive has failed.  Your only option is to buy a new one.  You should buy one the same size or larger than the one being replaced to assure that the Recovery media works with it. For future reference, when requesting help you should always include the make/model (i.e. p6-xxxx) of the computer and/or monitor. This information is necessary for us to review the specifications of them. Please click the Thumbs up + button if I have helped you and click Accept as Solution if your problem is solved.

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I need to replace my failed system disk with a new one and wonder how I can go about installing a new win 10 bought and downloaded from Microsoft. I imagine the process would be the same as for a new custom built computer. I miss being able to buy a Windows on a DVD.

Thank you.

A:How to install Win10 Pro to a new empty hard disk.

See if this will help you. Windows 10 - Clean Install - Windows 10 Forums

Or Clean Install Windows 10 Directly without having to Upgrade First - Windows 10 Forums

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I have a 500 gb maxtor serial trying to install in pc with a serial 120 gb seagate and wd 160 gb ide drive it is not showing new maxtor drive in either the bios or in vista, using vista ultimate on intell 6400 dual core2 pc, I want to make 500 gb the boot disk

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I have 2 IDE hd and 1 SATA hd. C: is set to IDE hd 1, E: to SATA hd in the windows install menu. In bios: this order is given: 1 SATA hd 2 IDE hd master 3 IDE hd slave
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A:win xp install menu hard disk settings

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I tried to open my computer and I got a screen saying:BootDevice not foundPlease install an operating system on your hard diskHard Disk - (3F0)F2 System DiagnosticsI have no clue what this means or how to fix it

A:Install Operating system on hard disk???

Lily, welcome to the forum. This error message is telling you that your hard drive has failed.  I suggest that you run the SMART test from the BIOS to make certain.  Your only option is to replace it if it has failed. Please click the Thumbs up + button if I have helped you and click Accept as Solution if your problem is solved. 

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My commuter only works intermittently! Most the time it starts up it states "Boot Device Not Found" "Please install an operating system on your hard disk" no clue at to do. Sometimes after I plug it into its charger it works but most the time it does not.

A:Asking me to install an operating system on my hard disk.

jeanieq88 Hello;Allow me to welcome you to the HP forums!I read your post about multiple problems with your laptop and wanted to help -- but need more information. Without your detailed product number, I can not confirm whether or not HP has Win10 drivers for your PC, so please follow the directions in this link to find the detailed product number of your PC: that is not possible, then look for a sticker on the PC that includes the product number and post that here.  If the battery is removable, the sticker is likely to be in the battery compartment. Also, need to know what Windows version your PC is running. We need that information because troubleshooting steps are different for the various Windows OSs.Here is a link on how to find that info: it's running Win10, did it come with that preinstalled? If not, what was the prior OS of the PC? We can proceed once you provide the information.Thanks

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hi im ramkrishna
i need to install xp on my system...
but some error massege is comeing...
if any changes in bios settings........
please needfull meeeeeee


A:How to install xp on sata hard disk with out fl0ppydisk

slipsteam the required drivers into the xp disk
then use the slipstreamed disk for the install

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i have a SATA hard disk on my laptop with 3 partitions first being active system partition and xp home on it.

now i want to install xp on my usb 160gb hard disk,
when i boot from cd i can only see 4 partitions of my usb hard disk.fine.
i installed xp on one of its partition then booted from usb hard drive but when ever it boots it start my original xp home from inbuilt hard drive..
i checked boot.ini on usb harddisk and its path was


multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect

and original was


multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect

when i just tried to change path on usb to include disk(1) just because it was only showing one harddisk at installation time it said path not valid.
i am unable to boot from usb hard drive although insallation went ok and i can access it when i boot from normal hard drive.
any suggestion whether it is SATA something that cause no internal hard drive to show up.?please suggest.

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I have a 500 gb maxtor serial trying to install in pc with a serial 120 gb seagate and wd 160 gb ide drive it is not showing new maxtor drive in either the bios or in vista, using vista ultimate on intell 6400 dual core2 pc, I want to make 500 gb the boot disk

A:serial hard disk install problem

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Hey there,

I had Windows 7 RC etc running recognizing all my hard drives, now after a clean install of Windows 7 Ultimate I cannot access drive E:

"E:\ is not accessable"
"Access denied"

It's a Seagate 1GB Sata which contains most of my data, so I really need to get access.

Thanks for any help.

A:Windows 7 cannot access Hard Disk after install

Its a permissions issue, you need to take ownership of E: (Right click on E: in windows explorer)

Then grant the proper permissions for it.

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I'm trying to format and install Windows XP pro on an old laptop (HP Compaq nc6400) but when I boot from the DVD after it loads all the files it tells me that the install cant find the hard disk and I have to cancel the install. The laptop boots up just fine so I know the HDD is still working. Any help would be appreciated.

A:Windows XP Pro Cant Find Hard Disk On Install

If you can boot successfully...why do you want to install XP?

Please boot the system...and then Publish a Snapshot using Speccy - .

What is the origin of the are trying to use to install XP?

Since you want to reinstall...why aren't you doing a clean install...or using the HP restore-to-factory defaults option?


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I am trying to install windows 8 with my bios set to RAID mode however the hard drives are not showing when going through the installation options.

From googling it seems that I need to load the hard drive or raid drivers during the installation but how ?

is there a exe that needs to run or is there a specific driver file that I need to browse to before rescanning for hard drives again ?

My name is the HP Elitebook 840 G1.



A:Windows 8 RAID Install - can't see hard disk

Yes, you have to load RAID with the OS. Then you have to create the RAID sets from 2 or more drives. I THINK you can load IRST RAID program AFTER the OS is loaded but that isn't the way I did it so have no experience of that route.

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I am using an Acer laptop (Aspire 5520G). Operating system Vista. Portable HDD Seagate 320 GB.

I tried installing the sims 2 and most of the expansion packs on my external HDD, so that I do not use up all my C drive space with downloads and saved games. When installing I used the option "advanced user" and changed it it drive letter H instead of C but whilst installing it still says that data will be installed on drive C, which I seem to have no control over. When I checked the EA folder on C drive it as the download folder and saved games folder on that drive. This stuff I wanted on H drive. Is there a way I can put everything on my HDD or at least move the downloads and saved games to the portable HDD?

A:I want to install Sims 2 on my portable Hard Disk

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Ok here's the deal -

I have had xp for a long time on a custom computer. Recently I contracted a virus (namely the xp antivirus 2012 system virus). I decided to reformat the hard drive, as I do not have the original xp discs, I bought windows 7 (the full version, not upgrade). While trying to install windows 7 and subsequently reformat the hard drive, the installation program can not detect any hard disk whatsoever.

Another problem is that the virus has corrupted my computer to the point where I cannot even load xp. All my computer is currently good for is watching it try to load.

A:Windows 7 install can't detect any hard disk

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I bought a new laptop two weeks ago, the os it is running now is windows 7. . There is only one hard disk insideit in 300 gb but in my computer file it is two seperate hard disk.

You can see that there are two hard disk one in 99.9 gb, and another is 198 gb. But the windows was installed in 99.9 gb but still i can access the files in 198 gb.

Now if i install windows 8 can i do the same thing ???

Also can anyone mention if i can split the hard drive into two, 150gb and 150 gb, and install win 7 on the first one and win 8 in the second one, But still i want to access the files in win 8 hard disk when i am using win 8 .....

Help me guys...

A:How do i install windows on a hard disk ? (readmoresoyoucanunderstand)

Hello KKS21199 Welcome to the SevenForums!

The 14.2gb drive seen there shouldn't even be seen as Local C but the hidden factory recovery partition to begin with. That contains all of the main prepackaged "bloat wares" as often they are referred to as well as the device drivers and utilities the manufacturer tosses into the mix of programs and options.

The D 197gb should be C not D for the main OS volume Windows is preinstalled on and the other 57.9mb volume is the System Reserved boot volume containing the BCD Store(Boot Configuration Data Store) and boot loader file.remaining items are for removable media. That looks to be about a 230gb drive you have there. When totalling up 197gb adding 14.9gb along with 57.9mb it comes upto far less then 300gb. 211.20579gb approximate

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after try to clean up the laptop ,i can't start it again its say boots device not found,to install operating system on the hard disk.I have done system diagnostic its pass all  of them but wont reboots,i got the information visit ;,that;s it thanks for helping.

A:need to install operating system on the hard disk

how to install operating system on the hard disk? 

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My dad was cleaning out the office and came across a nice, unopened, sealed box copy of Windows XP Professional. He told me they never used it, so he gave it to me.

I've got my handy dandy 500GB External Hard Drive here, I'd love to experiment.

How can I install Windows XP to the Hard Drive and boot off of it?

Do I have to do anything special? Or is it like installing to a regular computer; boot into the installer, select your drive, install, yay.

Any help would be nice--thank you!
Oh yes, I have posted this in the External Hardware forum as well, I was unsure where to post it, sorry if its considered spam!!

A:Install Windows XP to External Hard Disk?

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Please bare with me as I am not very computer literate........thank you.

I have a desktop (upstairs) and a laptop I use via WiFi. Since setting up my laptop (several years ago) with the WiFi connection it has been my go to computer as it is so convenient. The laptop (WiFi connection) has worked well, not only at home but has been reliable when taken out in public.

I have a cable modem connected to an EnGenius wireless router and a D-link adapter (connected to the desktop).

Several weeks ago I started getting an error message (on the laptop) saying my hard disk has a problem and was going to fail. The message said I needed to make a backup before the disk failed.

I tried making a backup on a DVD+R and bought a duplicate hard disk. I installed the hard disk but could never get the laptop to boot up with my backup DVD. I kept getting the message "no OS found".

I reinstalled the old hard disk and everything worked fine but same warning keeps popping up.

So I bought a new Windows 7 OS and installed the new hard disk. I then installed the new OS on the new disk. Everything seemed to load okay but now I can't get the WIFi connection to work.

I have been reading many of the post on this forum and tried a few things but nothing has helped so far. I hope I have just missed something simple that one of you savvy folks may see.

I hope I haven't made any misguided adjustments to the laptop that will just exasperate the problem.

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A:[SOLVED] No WiFi after new OS and Hard disk install

Hi and welcome to TSF did you install the drivers for your laptop can you post the make and model of the laptop and for the Engenius and Dlink

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Hi every body !
Today I will teach you how to fast install Windows from the hard drive with BootICE. You may have to install Windows 32bit from Windows 64bit and backwards.
NOTE: This guide applies to Hard Disk Drive Lecagy-MBR
Download Tool:
Step 1: Extract Windows Installer ISO Format on another drive you want to install Windows.
Example: You want to install Windows on driver C, you may extract the Windows Installer ISO Format on drive D or E, etc.
Step 2: Go to partition you just extract Windows Installer, rename “bootmgr” as you wish. This guide, I rename “bootmgr” to “W8’.

Step 3: Run BootICE, change boot loader on your Hard Disk Drive
Step 4: Run test boot, if result the same image is OK. You restart computer to Install Windows

Good luck !

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I want to clean install Windows 7 64-bit and I have Windows XP 32-bit. I have two hard disks and someone said me one of my hard disks is system disk and another one is just plugged into my compuer. That person also said that I'll have to remove my hard disk with data in it but how to install it back without losing data in it?

A:How to install hard disk without losing data in it?

Unplug the other disc.

Install Windows 7 to the system disc.

After Windows 7 is installed, reconnect the other disc.

It's up to you to know which disc is which and to disconnect the right one.

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I have a program on an older computer that I no longer have the install cd for anymore, but I would like to transfer that program to my new computer. Is there a program or some other method that will allow me to achieve my goal.

A:How can a transfer a program from one hard disk to another w/o install cd

I just saw a program yesterday that would do what you ask. I'll see if I can find it.
You can take the old hard drive, put it in the other PC as a Slave and the program will run off the old drive. I've got a few things working that way. No problems with it. Even an old 98SE drive into a 2000Pro computer and my son's games work just great from the 98 disc.
I'll look around for that program for you. Maybe someone else already has the answer.

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Hello all. I disconnected my harddrive from my Dell(DimensionL933r) computer and installed it into my Dell(Optiplex GX1) in an attempt to access the drive(which was not letting me in,Hanging at loading personal settings).I could not get the proper drivers or something so I did not get it installed.When I returned it to the computer it came from, its not coming up as installed. How do I install the hard disk with no windows or recovery console? Or the second question how do I get the hard disk connected to my good computer(Optiplex GX1) so I can fix it? Optiplex GX1 has Windows XP Pro and Dimension L933r has Windows 2000 pro. The hard disk is Seagate ST340213a.Thank you for your help.

A:Solved: Hard disk install or reinstall

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I am not able to install windows on the machine. I have Dell Inspiron N5010.
Getting below warning.
- Windows cannot be installed to Disk 0 Partition 2.Details: Windows cannot be installed to this disk. This computer hardware may not support booting to this disk. Ensure the disk controller is enabled in the computer BIOS menu.

A:Not able to install Windows after formatting hard disk

When you formatted the disk did you also partition it?   Also, what version of Windows are you trying to install the the system, and what media are you using to install it?
Have you gone into the system BIOS and changed any of the SATA settings to see if you can get Windows to load on it?

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yesterday i tried to install 32 bit win8 in my friends laptop through bootable has win7 preloaded.i tried for the dual boot.but when i select the partition drive it said that windows cannot be intall in that drive because the selected drive is GPT partition style.plz help me.
plz tell me how to install win8 os in that GPT partition style hard drive.
my friend's laptop has Hard disk-500 gb,64 bit win7.
sry for the bad english.

A:How to Install os in GPT partition style hard disk ?

With those few details, one cannot expect a detailed response; however, it appears you may have a UEFI installation and you are somehow trying to do a Legacy install from a USB stick. In its purest form, that has never worked for me. With that said, I will point you to a link that may be able to give you some more insight without the need for you to write a book (like I am doing right now).

Dual Boot Installation - Windows 8 and Windows 7 or Vista

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I've had a look on the upgrade paths thread but i'm not sure it covers my particular scenario.

I recently installed a clean version of Win 7 Pro on my machine that had Vista Home Premium on originally. All was fine until my hard drive gave up the ghost and failed. I have another new hard drive in the machine and I wanted clarification on a few points:

With the new hard drive in, will my machine boot direct from the DVD as I have been unable to change the BIOS settings?

I have already registered/activated this copy of Win 7 (prior to hard drive failure). Will I be able to do this again or will Microsoft disallow it due to it already being registered?

I still have the Vista OEM sticker on my machine - will I need to input the code somewhere on installation?

If anyone could help, I would be very grateful.

Cheers, Scott

A:Clean install on new following hard disk failure

You own a retail copy of Win7 for life; it can migrate to whichever machine you want as long as it isn't on more than one machien at a time.

Boot from the DVD, select Custom Advanced drive tools and format the HD before installing.

Afterwards, run a Repair install from the new desktop and it will accept the key if you have an upgrade version. A repair install is an Upgrade over itself, which sees itself as the qualifying OS for Upgrade version use. There is another registry workaround online if you don't want to do this.

If your DVD fails to prompt to boot at startup, then you need to enter BIOS setup by tapping F-key given on first bootup screen, normally F2. Set DVD drive first to boot in BIOS setup. Or use the F-key given for Boot menu to trigger one-time boot from DVD.

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Hello everyone,

Due to the fault on my hard disk, i was forced to format one of the partitions and install Windows 7 Professional 32-bit. But, the installation process can not proceed after Copying the operating System files and displaying an error message.

What is the best remedy to install the operating system on the first partition without losing the data on the 2nd partition?


A:how can i install Windows 7 on one of my hard disk's partition?

Welcome to Seven Forums love, what is the error meassge?

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I did a clean install of Windows 2000 Pro on my Toshiba Tecra 8100 laptop. My hard drive has a capacity of 11gb. After the clean install I only have 4.8gb left on the hard drive. I have followed reformatting instructions and installed again, but get the same result. It is taking forever to test different suggestions, since I have to keep reinstalling. File system is ntfs. A good portion of the gig being used is in Documents and Settings, but I thought that should get wiped out. I don't understand why I am still seeing folders for iPod, Lexar, etc. Please help. I have burned 16 hours on this.

A:clean install leaving gig on my hard disk

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Recently my system has got error about system hive error
"C:\windows\system32\config\sysem file missing"

So when I tried to reinstall the system the winxp setup says
unable to format my hard drive after I choose C Drive to Quick Format(NTFS) and install option,this note appears

"setup was unable to format drive c:the hard disk may be damaged

make sure the disk is on and properly connected to the computer .If the disk is a SCSI disk,make sure your SCSI devices are properly terminated.See your computer or SCSI adapter documentation for more info"

Thinking that the hard disk(Seagate Barracuda 160GB SATA) might have corrupted I used Seagate seatools to check for error and the test failed. So I replaced the hard disk with brand new WD 160GB SATA hard disk and started installing the winxp. Again I'm facing the same problem. Even I checked with the new connection port.

I'm using AMD Sempron Processor. MSI K9MM-V Motherboard. dynet 512MB RAM.
As the problem is existing even with the new hard disk I think there is no problem with the hard disk or cable. the problem must be something else.
Please help me find the problem and rectify it.
(My hard disk is SATA and No-RAID, No-SCSI, BIOS detects my hard disk and I'm able to create partitions but unable to format and install WinXP)

A:Win XP Unable to format hard disk and install

what are your hard drive settings in bios

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I turned on my computer and got this message '"boot device not found please install an operating system on your hard drive."'.... Please can someone tell me what to do?

A:how to install an operating system on my hard disk

Greetings, Please provide more information: Product number Did you upgrade to Win 10 and what operating system did your PC have when purchased? Either I or someone else can help but we need more specific information on what is happening. Your problem could be the Win 10 upgrade, or a disconnected HDD/motherboard cable, or a failed HDD. Cheers!  

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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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hi sir,im vijay..
im usin 2tb segate new hard disk my system i cant able to boot my os and also my hard disk ...its showin that hard disk boot failure insert system disk press enter ...i restarted many times its sayin the same my gigabite mobo bios my hard disk is not get detected sir....the problem is that wen im installin the new os for 2nd time its all went nice only sir but at the completion of the os it wil ask for the user name and password but in my system its frozen sir fully of black screen and i cant able to do anythin so i restarted my system from that im gettin this error as hard disk boot failure insert system disk press enter.....that my new hard disk and all of my data is in that hard disk only..this problem arises wen im installing the os for 2nd time sir...till now its showin the same error sir...

plz help so confused..

A:hard disk boot failure insert system disk press enter

Repair MBR:

Boot From the Windows Install Disc
The first thing you?ll need to do is boot off the install disc, and then click through until you see the ?Repair your computer? link in the lower left-hand corner.
You?ll need to choose the correct installation of Windows and then click the Next button.
And then you?ll get to the System Recovery Options screen, where you can get to the Command Prompt.

Repairing the Master Boot Record:

If you want to restore the master boot record, you can simply type in the following command:

bootrec /fixmbr

You can also write a new boot sector onto the system partition with this command (which is often more useful):

bootrec /fixboot

And of course, if you just use bootrec /? you?ll be able to see all the options.

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Hi i have a 74 Gb western digital hard drive with C: and D: drives (i partitioned them)
the D: drive has all my gaming applications on it and the C: drive has all the files for windows/and other crap like firefox, etc.

I was once reformatting to XP from Vista and in the middle of reformat my computer shut down causing a major problem. the answer was my graphics card died... now i have an EVGA 256Mb 8600GT with DX10. I brought the drive to my neighbors house and he can use it just fine, it boots and everything... but... the problem is that when i bring it to my house, and i insert the drive it goes to the Nvidia Boot Agent and after a while displays HARD DISK BOOT FAILURE INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER. My current BIOS Boot order is Floppy, CD, and then Hard Disk. I don't know why it wont boot, but the copy of XP has been verified and it works great on my friends computer... why won't it start on mine?
Please help me !

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when starting my computer, and no boot disk is inserted, i get the error message:"HARD DISK BOOT FAILURE INSERT SYSTEM DISK PRESS ENTER" when a boot disk is inserted, windows xp starts up if no button is pressed after a boot disk is inserted. I cant work out how to boot from hard disk immediately, and it is set as primary boot device. ANY help would be greatly appreciated!!!

A:Hard Disk Boot Failure Insert System Disk Press Enter

Just go into the Bios and (For my motherbaord) in Advanced BIOS Features, set primary, seconday etc boot devices as you like.

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I've got a problem with my brothers laptop.

It is an old AMS Power CD, with win. 95. When I turn it on, it begins to boot. The screen reads:
BIOS 1.23, CPU = Pentium 100 MHz
640K System RAM Passed
23552K Extended RAM Passed
256K Cache SRAM Passed
System BIOS Shadowed
Video BIOS Shadowed
Mouse Initialized

Then in a red flashing box in the middle of the screen it reads: "Couldn't reset hard disk system Save to Disk feature is disabled"

Then, "Operating system not found" below

I would much appreciate any help or assistance I can find.

A:Couldn't reset hard disk system, save to disk feature is disabled

I'd bet the harddrive has a loose connection or completely failed. If you don't know how to take it apart and check it take it to an expert.

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my hp dv6443 laptop harddrive was erased by killdisk to get rid of scripts or whatever was causing the sluggish performance. The windows version was Vista home. When trying to reboot from the original disk recovery cd to get the maching working again, the err2err3 displayed at start up. I have read about creating a bootable cd with partition recovery, but have been unable to figure out how to create one. I can drop the free partition builder programs onto a cd, but I don't know how to make it "bootable". But I may be going down the wrong path. Any ideas? Is this problem fixable, or should I just throw the computer away. Thanks!

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I have created a Bart PE bootable XP cd.
I can boot into windows using this CD
I would like to know how to copy the data in my hard disk to pen drive or flash drive.

Thank you.

A:How to copy data from hard disk to pen drive using Bart PE bootable disk?

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Hi peeps and thanks in advance for any help you can give me! My laptop is doing my head in thanks to its new-found ability to chew up free disk space on my C:/ drive. Not sure if this problem has been on-going for a few weeks or something, but it's come to a head now!! A few bits of info that might be handy: Vista Home Premium 32bit, laptop is about three years old, 160GB HDD partitioned into a C: and a D: (both with approx 70GB total space according to Properties).
The story goes like this:

1) Got low disk space warning pop up (something like 300MB left!) - thought that this was entirely plausible since my wife keeps taking videos of our little baby on her camera and saving them on the lappy!
2) Decided to move some User folders from the C: to the D: and in the process moved about 5GB which then freed up several gig of space on the C: drive. Then I noticed that this was consistently dropping and the HDD light was flickering all the time, even when the laptop was not in use.
3) Updated and ran all the following programs: AVG 2011 Free, CCleaner, CWShredder, Malwarbytes - and nothing untoward reported.
4) Booted into safe mode and ran the programs again and still nothing reported.
5) Accessed VSS records via a command prompt and this was set to UNBOUNDED maximum capacity and showing as 16GB in use on disk, so revised this down to 12GB (a cautious approach, I admit!) and freed up a bit more space but this again is slowly being reduced.
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A:Hard disk constantly running (writing?) and disk space disappearing

First, lets find out what is on the drive
JDiskReport or my preference

This link may help and give information.

Scan with your antivirus
Scan with malwarebytes. Did you update, when you ran your report?

Space is probably being taken by restore points, Did you check for that possiblity?

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I have created a Bart PE bootable XP cd.
I can boot into windows using this CD
I would like to know how to copy the data in my hard disk to pen drive or flash drive.

Thank you.

A:How to copy data from hard disk to pen drive using Bart PE bootable disk?

When it comes to actually using the BartPE disc, you?ll need to first enter your BIOS and set the CDROM drive as your primary boot device, this is the default setting in most computers.Once BartPE is loading, when prompted for network support, click ?no? if you do not need it like in this case to save yourself some time.Click on Go , Programs, A43 File Management UtilityThis will open a similar program to windows explorer so you can copy your data before formatting. Locate the hard disk where your windows installation is on, select the folders you want to backup and copy them to the other partition or hard disk.If you have an external USB hard disk and want to copy your data on it, make sure you connect it to the computer before you boot with the BartPE disk.

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So I recently installed Windows 7 Home Premium on an Acer Aspire 5349. I've been having a bunch of issues with it since the install.

Firstly, When I boot, it takes me to the "Disk Check" screen and tells me that one of my disks needs to be checked for consistency. However, the disk in question isn't something like "C:" or "D:" it's "\\?\volume{c4afec15-cb60-11e4-9583-806e6f6e6963}". The disk check also automatically cancels. It doesn't prompt me with the usual " Press any button to stop the disk check" option, just straight to " Disk check has been cancelled"

When I eventually get to the desktop, I get the screen " Windows detected a hard disk problem ". I look at the details and I'm told that my C:\ drive has been reporting failures. When I check the status of the disk via the Disk Management tool I'm told that all my partitions are healthy.

When I actually use the laptop, it's very slow and frequently freezes. It takes a while to catch back up and sometimes these freezes lead to a BSOD. The BSOD message was KERNEL_DATA_INPAGE_ERROR. I checked the event viewer and it also seemed that before certain crashes I would have driver controller error on an IDE Port. I've attached a picture of the disk check screen, event viewer, and memory dump. I apologize about the quality of the pictures, I couldn't screenshot the images on the actual laptop as it was freezing and crashing too often.

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A:Frequent Freezes, BSOD, Disk Check auto cancels, and Hard Disk Errors

DISK_HARDWARE_ERROR: There was error with disk hardware
Ensure all data is backed up, then run the DOS version of the LONG test of SeaTools, and report the result:
SeaTools for DOS and Windows - How to Use

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Newbie. 1st post.

I came to this Forum looking for help re the above.

I installed Vista Business 32 bit for the first time, all went very well. I had shied away from Vista as I wasn't prepared to pay the high price when my W2k was running Ok. However, I came across a very nice ( read naive ) German person selling rather a large amount of Vista Business 32 bit on Ebay, ( turned out to be HP UK version ). He had kindly listed 30 plus Vista all with the starting bid of 1 penny. I along with several others got into him and bought for under ?13.00. ( I got one for ?5.00 and the other for ?10 ). After this he altered the price .
The install and verification went perfect, I then installed SP2 and the mountain of Updates. Then I got the Hard disk thrash about one minute after the desktop appeared, which kept thrashing for seven minutes, at which time it ceased and from then on never made a sound.
I tramped around the forums and got no joy until I came across this forum. I had tried all the things like disabling prefetch, Superfetch and Indexing etc , but no joy.
The prob was I couldn't see into which scvhost.exe was giving me the prob.
One of the threads here gave the tip on how to see under the exe and that got the prob fixed.
The fix was to disable BOTH Superfetch and Readyboost. No more thrashing.
The tip: When in the Taskmanager, click on Show users for all . Then R/click on the svchost.exe that was showing usage. Then select Go to Services.
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A:Vista hard disk thrash? Fixed!

exactly what I had to do so that my mouse worked and my machine stopped freezing. .


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I have just re-installed Windows Vista onto a new hard disk, and after a couple of days, i have noticed that the Windows folder is taking up nearly 20GB of space!

winsxs is taking up 9.4GB
SoftwareDistribution is 3.7GB
System32 is 3.2GB

Is there any way I can stop Vista from eating my hard disk?
I am currently using a 40GB hard disk, and am fast running out of space!
Program Files is 7.8GB, leaving not very much for anything else! (OK, 4.2 of that is Civilisation, but that is one of the major things I use!)

A:Solved: Vista taking up too much hard disk!

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My hard drive is ST3500320AS ATA Device.

I have 2 paritions right now. One is XP, one is Vista.

I had this message before on Windows Vista x64. [Because it was a new partition]
I used this thing called Ultimate Boot CD, and it fixed it.

I used to have x64, and wanted x32. When I installed it(x32), I accidentally made a 3rd partition using some program... it needed to restart to make the 3rd partition.

Now heres where it gets confusing for you. I restarted, and stupidly put in the Windows Vista disc in before it made the 3rd partition. So since the 3rd partition wasn't up yet, I put Ultimate over the previous vista. The computer restarted again (as part of the install) and created the 3rd partition.

After everything finished installing, I deleted the 3rd partition...

But now I get the Hard Disk error every time in Vista (Doesnt show up in XP).

Ultimate Boot Disc didn't work.... I left it on for 9 hours and it found nothing. (Or maybe I used it wrong? Last time I used it someone on the phone guided me, not this time.)

So.... how can I fix my hard drive? I don't want to back everything up :|

A:Windows Vista hard disk failure?

You already stated in another thread you were using pirated software, we cannot assist with pirated software.
Although you didnt mention it in this thread you did not provide accurate information how would we assist without the proper information. That would be wasting our time trying to find out why our suggestions didnt work because you didnt provide the correct information.

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