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'Unknown Disk' in Windows XP setup

Q: 'Unknown Disk' in Windows XP setup

For a while my computer has refused to start Windows. It would get to the screen with the Windows logo and then no further.

I have not replaced any of the hardware since I bought it, and as far as I am aware this problem came on the back of nothing. (It didn't follow any installation of software or hardware.)

Since there is nothing of too much importance on it I decided to reinstall Windows, but after the setup had started it reached the screen from which I was to choose which drive to install Windows to and each was listed as "Unknown Disk." Pressing any button resulted in a blue screen.

If I even attempt to load without using the disk I just get a black screen prompting me to enter the setup disk.

I am currently at work and so cannot post the precise specifications of my computer, though I will as soon as I get home.

In the meantime I gather that I need to look in BIOS to see if my hard drive is being recognised?

I have Googled this problem but each response was slightly over my head, since I'm not sure what type of harddrive I have (though I will once I get home, I have all the documentation).

Though I do not consider myself too dense when it comes to computers, I am not confident enough to fiddle about in BIOS without instructions.

I would like to thank you in advance for any help that you can provide, it would be very much appreciated.

A: 'Unknown Disk' in Windows XP setup

In the meantime I gather that I need to look in BIOS to see if my hard drive is being recognised?Its the first ways to check if the hard drive is still usable in reinstalling your operating system. Please check this and provide the error when it goes bluescreen on setup.

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I've been trolling the forums here for a while. Lots of great info but now I actually have an issue where I need some assistance.

When I was booting one day last week I got a nasty BSOD when Windows was trying to load. Then on the next reboot Windows 7 said it couldn't load and needed to do the recovery OS option from the Windows 7 repair on the CD. Well, before trying that I did a cold reboot and it got back into the OS fine so I didn't think much of it. Now, I noticed Ghost shows the C: drive status as "Unavailable" and it can't back it up anymore. It does give me an option to restore from one of my old backups. I'm thinking the MBR got hosed up somehow or something like that. But I'm skeptical to run an MBR repair since I have that 100MB partition on my SSD where my OS resides.

Ghost Shot>

This was about a week ago my Windows 7 started acting up right before the big patch Tuesday. I've been running it for over a year now and it's been solid. When I first set it up I installed it on my SSD (Intel 510 120GB) drive. One of the qualms I had with the install is Windows created a separate boot sector on the disk drive where it stored my boot files. This is known the the "system reserved" operating system files 100MB partition. Apparently the way to avoid this is to use a third party partition tool before doing the windows install. That way it will keep the Boot sector files on the same partition which is how I would of liked it for doing resto... Read more

A:Windows Recovery disk shows operating system: Unknown on (Unknown)

Note, I just went into my Disk 3 where my SSD resides in DISKPART and did some commands if this helps. It shows both the 100MB and 111GB Partitions on the Intel SSD as "Active".


Code:
DISKPART> list partition

Partition ### Type Size Offset
------------- ---------------- ------- -------
* Partition 1 Primary 100 MB 1024 KB
Partition 2 Primary 111 GB 101 MB

DISKPART> detail partition

Partition 1
Type : 07
Hidden: No
Active: Yes
Offset in Bytes: 1048576

Volume ### Ltr Label Fs Type Size Status Info
---------- --- ----------- ----- ---------- ------- --------- --------
* Volume 5 System Rese NTFS Partition 100 MB Healthy System

DISKPART> select partition 2

Partition 2 is now the selected partition.

DISKPART> detail partition

Partition 2
Type : 07
Hidden: No
Active: Yes
Offset in Bytes: 105906176

Volume ### Ltr Label Fs Type Size Status Info
---------- --- ----------- ----- ---------- ------- --------- --------
* Volume 6 C NTFS Partition 111 GB Healthy Boot
Thx again for any/all help!

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Hello,

I have run into a problem that has been causing me quite a bit of headache as of late. A week ago, my WD Elements External Hard Disk is not displaying under hard disk drives, but does display under Devices and Printers. This is what it shows under computer management:

I have tried to initialize the disk using MBR and GPT options but failed receiving I/O Disk Error.

Please help, thank you.

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Hi,
I am running windows 7 x64 on my pc. Last day i downloaded windows 7 sp1 (iso file) from torrent for my friend and created a bootable usb and successfully installed in his pc. Now i need to use this to update my pc to sp1. Is it possible without reintalling..? (when i opened setup.exe it says use the oter installation disk that says 64-bit)

A:how to update windows 7 to sp1 from setup disk

Why don`t you just run windows update to install Service Pack 1 ???

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Okay so this is my problem:

I have been having this problem for a couple of days now. I have a Western Digital Caviar 120GB IDE Drive connected to my computer, and Windows XP doesn't seem to recognize it, all 4 of the hard drives on the Windows XP install says "Unknown Disk - There is no disk in this drive" If I press enter, it gives me the BSOD. If I press D, it gives me the BSOD. If I press any key it gives me the freaking BSOD. So I checked my BIOS and it only recognizes my DVD-RW Drive and my CD Drive. I started getting confused. I didn't know what the problem was. I believe this is how much in depth I can go through with this, I really need some help fixing this.

A:Windows XP Install - Unknown Disk

Ok, what IDE channel do you have the 120 GB HDD plugged into, i.e. Primary Master/Slave or Secondary Master/Slave. Where is the DVD-RW and CD drive plugged into? Is the HDD and the Optical drives on separate cables or on the same IDE cable? How do you have the Jumper pins set? The way it should be setup is your HDD should have the jumper pin set to Master or CS (Cable Select), most new drives come set as CS by default, depending if you have one of the Optical Drives on the same cable. The HDD should be on the end of the IDE cable, any other drives should be sharing the Middle or not at all. The Primary slot/cable should be the one you are using for the HDD. If there is an optical drive on the same cable, it's jumper pin should either be Slave or CS. The Red stripe on the edge of the IDE cable should be pointing towards the Power Plug of the HDD Drive. And the other end should be facing the same direction as all the other IDE cables on the motherboard signifying Pin 1. Make sure the IDE cable is plugged in tight to the drive and to the Motherboard, and that the power plug is plugged in tight. Once you have the jumper pin set correctly, make sure the drive is showing up in the Bios. If it still fails, then if there is a drive sharing the same cable, remove it for the time being.

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Hi. My son (11yr old) has been given an old Dell Inspiron 1501 (running Windows XP) which was full of lots of miscellaneous, incorrectly removed/deleted stuff that wouldn't uninstall. It was not running well at all.
To try and solve the problem, we searched online and found out about Dell's recovery partition. However, this Dell didn't have a partition of any sort to fall back on - deleted by a past owner (there have been 2)??
As another solution, we thought to try to start again from scratch and reformat the hard drive by reinstalling the OS. We have an original Windows XP setup disk (and reg numbers) and I searched online for guidance on how to do it. I followed (the seemingly basic) instructions but it wouldn't work; the disk loaded to the initial blue menu screen thingy, but then did nothing more.
And this is where it goes badly wrong - I decided to erase the hard drive data to then try to reload the OS. I researched and found DBAN on the net, recommended as perfect for data deletion. I made the DBAN ISO image disk on my own PC, stuck it in the Dell and it worked brilliantly - the Dell loaded up the file from the disk and voila, everything was deleted.
But now the Windows install disk still won't work. ARGH!
I have changed the Dell's BIOS to boot from the CD-ROM and when the computer starts up the CD-ROM ticks over but nothing happens until eventually it stops. There is a black screen with only a blinking cursor (no text) in the top left ... Read more

A:Solved: Reinstalling Windows XP from setup disk

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I recently accquired a Gateway E4300 that had no hard drive so i went out and bought a Seagate 3.5 Barracuda 500GB internal. Its a SATA by the way. I hooked it up and got all the drivers i would need from the gateway website but when i run the Windows xp cd i go to partition the drive and it reaches 100 % on the progress bar then say that windows was unable to format and windows was not installed because of possible damage to the disk so does this mean my cd is faulty and i will need a replacement?
 

A:Windows cannot continue setup possible damage to disk

Some Seagate drives need a firmware update, so check the Seagate site to see if it applies to your disk.
 

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I recently removed a nasty maleware with the help of a kind person here: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/top...tml#entry847752 Great place. I was still having a few problems with two network programs (Linksys Network Advisor and Network Magic) plus it just seemed like my PC was bogging down more and more especially at startup. So I figured it was time to try and repair the XP installation using the OEM disk, and if that didn't help I was going to reformat and reinstall XP.So I booted to the XP disk and selected 'R' to repair the existing install. It went along for a while until the counter got to 34 minutes left and it asked for the location for iaStore.sys Intel Matrix storage Manager Driver. There was a 'browse to' box open so I was able to locate iaStore.sys on the 'C' drive and selected it. The repair Setup started up again and ran for about a minute and then blipped to a black screen with no message and restarted the Setup again. Now when I start the PC it automatically starts Setup and asks for the disk if it's not in the drive, then goes to 34 minutes, blips to black for a minute, starts at 34 minutes again for a minute then blips to black again and then restarts setup all over. It never gets past the 34 minutes left in Setup...I do have the Recovery Console installed and am able to get to it if I am fast enough when I start the pc. I'd would appreciate some advice on what to try from Recovery Console or anything else that might help me out.It's a Dell Dimensi... Read more

A:Trying To Repair Xp From Windows Disk - Setup Hangs

Hi .You can try running chkdsk /r from the Recovery Console...on the current Windows install. After that completes, see if you can do the repair install.How to perform a repair installation of Windows XP if Internet Explorer 7 is installed - http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=917964 MS, XP Repair Install Procedures - http://support.microsoft.com/kb/315341/EN-US/ Louis

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I'm not sure if this forum supports Windows installed on a MacBook,
but I'd appreciate any help provided.

Regarding my laptop, it's a MacBook Pro bought around 2011,
witn Windows 7 x64 installed from my friend's disc.
(Sorry I cannot remember exactly what it was)
"Barely alive" condition.
Works fine, but suddenly shuts down at times, alert shows battery not inserted (UNDETACHABLE on this MacBook model), won't run without power adapter connected, immediately shuts down when inserting USB cable into 1 of the 2 USB ports, won't detect internet connection, and so on and so on......

That aside, it worked fine until last week.

I was running Windows Update when I accidentally insert USB cable into the wrong port and "forced shut down" the laptop.

When rebooted, I get a flash of BSOD and auto-restart, which leads to startup repair.

From there, I ran startup repair a few times, each time I get the successful result yet Windows still won't start.

Then I switched to Mac OS to use it for some urgent stuff.
While in Mac OS I did went around and did "repair disk" and stuff to the bootcamp.

Next I tried searching for solutions through my phone and did this and that on command prompt.
chkdsk bootrec etc etc tried all posted solutions to something similar to my case.

The next thing I realized was that I now cannot even choose "Windows" on boot and I got stuck.

Then I asked my neighbor and fortunately could borrow Window... Read more

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I'm not sure if this forum supports Windows installed on a MacBook,
but I'd appreciate any help provided.

Regarding my laptop, it's a MacBook Pro bought around 2011,
witn Windows 7 x64 installed from my friend's disc.
(Sorry I cannot remember exactly what it was)
"Barely alive" condition.
Works fine, but suddenly shuts down at times, alert shows battery not inserted (UNDETACHABLE on this MacBook model), won't run without power adapter connected, immediately shuts down when inserting USB cable into 1 of the 2 USB ports, won't detect internet connection, and so on and so on......

That aside, it worked fine until last week.

I was running Windows Update when I accidentally insert USB cable into the wrong port and "forced shut down" the laptop.

When rebooted, I get a flash of BSOD and auto-restart, which leads to startup repair.

From there, I ran startup repair a few times, each time I get the successful result yet Windows still won't start.

Then I switched to Mac OS to use it for some urgent stuff.
While in Mac OS I did went around and did "repair disk" and stuff to the bootcamp.

Next I tried searching for solutions through my phone and did this and that on command prompt.
chkdsk bootrec etc etc tried all posted solutions to something similar to my case.

The next thing I realized was that I now cannot even choose "Windows" on boot and I got stuck.

Then I asked my neighbor and fortunately could borrow Window... Read more

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Hello,

I have used the tittle from another thread as my issue is very similar, only none of what is posted there worked for me.

So I have a WD 500gb HDD. (Actually I am not 100% sure it is a HDD and not a SDD)
I have plugged it in various PC and laptops. When doing so, you get the usual sound que. It also installs the driver according to the little pop up window.
However after that, the drive is not visible in "My Computer".

When I check the drive in Computer Management>Disk Management, it wants me to initialise the disk. Which, I know I do not want to do (thanks to one of your earlier posts) as this will over write my data.
In Disk Management the disk is "Unknown" and "Not Initialised" It also does not give any volume. Pics of both of these attached.

I have tried using Partition Wisord free. It does not even see the drive.
I have tried using Photorec. It does not see the drive.
I have used R-Studio. It does see the disk, but I am not able to scan it. Again also no disk volume. Again Picture attached.

I am hopeful for a solution, as I feel like the symptoms suggest that I do not have a head misalignment. But I might be wrong on that.

Hoping for someone with some mad skills to help me out here.

Thanks in advance!
Variable

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I mistakenly launched XP Setup and want to know how to stop it from progressing further. I have another XP installed on another virtual disk. Rebooting from there allowed me delete the Setup files. Or so I thought ! The main XP installation however continues to try to launch Setup. Just about whatever I do, it ends in tears. My question is … how do I stop XP on this disk from thinking it has to launch Setup? I don’t want to reinstall XP, as that will involve a huge amount of work to recreate my environment.

I am able to choose my operating system when I press F8

If I launch the corrupt system in “safe mode” or “domain controllers”, everything appears to progress normally until the very end… when the XP black desktop appears (and just before the icons appear). At that point I get the error message
“Windows XP cannot run under safe mode” and I am asked to click OK to consult a log file. The screen however is actually frozen at that point, so I have to unplug the machine.

Otherwise if I launch in debugging mode or “Last known good configuration”m I get a message saying “Setup will restart now” and then “ Setup is being restarted…” while the usual XP installation logos start to appear e.g. “An exciting new look etc…”. Shortly afterwards I get
“An error that has been encountered that prevents setup from continuing ”,
Again the screen freezes so I need to unplug the machine.

I looked at the difference config and ini files, and compared the Windows dir... Read more

A:Corrupt XP Setup – trying to remove setup by logging on from another disk

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windows runs normally when I set bios to DVD drive and run the windows setup disk. When I try to run from the hard disk c from thru the bios the computer hangs up and does not continue. I feel that I may have a corrupted system file. If so is it possible to run sys c from the setup disk?

A:Boots from windows setup disk but not from hard drive

After swiching to the DVD drive, and done your job, On reboot, go back and switch back to the HD boot, the way it was to begin with. Then restart the PC again.

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I'm running Vista Ultimate 64 on a 500 Gig hard drive with 3 partitions.The problem is I marked one of the partitions,not Drive C, as "active" by mistake.I done a Command Prompt to make it "inactive", but when I started the system up again it wouldn't boot.I used the Vista disk for the recovery process, but I got a message "Operating system unknown on (unknown) local disk" i tried fixing the problem with a command prompt "bootrec/fix boot" ,but nothing happened.When I look at the info in Command Prompt it doesn't show the disk partitions, just Disk 0.Also I can't repair because no Disks are listed to be repaired. If I look at the drive in "My Computer" it is full with a file system marked as "Raw" and it wants me to format the drive.I used "Recover My Files" software and it shows some of the documents that are on the drive, but doesn't show any recovery.I looked at some internet post about the message I got and partition and boot problems like I have, but at this point I don't to try any else to make it worse.I would do a reinstall ,but on one of the drives I have some stuff that wasn't backed up.I never thought about backing it up because it wasn't on the C drive.Any help to solve this problem would be appreciated. ..........Kumpie

A:Operating system (unknown) on unknown local disk

Welcome!

Try marking the C partition as active again, using the Windows method in my post here.

Then run Startup Repair from the repair disc. Hopefully it will see your installation.

~JK

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Unknown Drive " Local Disk (Z " created on my Windows 10 showing some 250MB memory. Is it a virus or malware? Please help to fix this problem. I could notice that my system performance is slower after this problem.

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Recently I bought this computer.
http://cgi.ebay.com/1-FAST-PRO-DELL-...item3a5544460a
I tried to install XP server pack 2 but this error came up "Setup did not find any hard disk drives" during Windows XP Installation". I am currently following this guide to resolve this issue.
http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windo...-installation/
But I am stuck at the driver's part, I am currently on my windows 7 and don't know what driver I am suppose to upload?

A:[URGENT]Setup did not find any hard disk drives" during Windows XP Installation

Ok Im confused.
Please clarify a thing or two.

According to the site it comes with XP.
Did it?

In your post you state that you are trying to put SP2 on it.
Is this a XP disk that has SP2 built into it?
If it is and you already have XP running you wont need that.

Please clarify and we will get you sorted out.

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Hi, and many thanks to anyone who can help me with this

Once you've had a look at the problem, do you recommend I buy a new SATA Hard Drive and retry the Windows XP installation?

I have been using Windows XP Home Edition on my Aries PC for several years without any problems, then it started freezing and BLUE screening intermitantly until it became unusable. I decided to reinstall Windows XP from scratch using the supplied recovery CD.

I am currently trying to reinstall Windows XP Home Edition (sp unknown) onto my (old) Aries PC but it does not seem to be recognising the hard disk drive (250Gb Maxtor SATA Raid drive).

I have tried the reinstall several times. The time before last it got to where I could repartition and reformat the drive (NTFS). I waited (for hours, NOT using Quick Format) until this was 100% complete then got to the same situation I am in now.

I have configured the PC to boot up from the DVD RW Drive and I have a floppy disk with the Raid Driver on it.

Below is the sequence of events leading up to the problem in 'Windows Setup'...

> Turn on PC
> Windows Setup screen (blue DOS-like screen)
> <F6>
> <S> to specify additional device
> (place Raid Driver floppy into floppydisk drive)
> <ENTER>
> <select 'ULi SATA Controller (M5287, Windows XP/Server 2003)'>
> <ENTER>
> Message...
Setup will load support for the following mass storage device(s):

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A:Problem: Unable to reinstall Windows XP Home Edition (Setup cannot access this disk)

is it set to be seen as ide in the bios

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Recently I bought this computer.
http://cgi.ebay.com/1-FAST-PRO-DELL...ZViewItemQQptZDesktop_PCs?hash=item3a5544460a
I tried to install XP server pack 2 but this error came up "Setup did not find any hard disk drives" during Windows XP Installation". I am currently following this guide to resolve this issue.
http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/wind...d-disk-drives-during-windows-xp-installation/
But I am stuck at the driver's part, I am currently on my windows 7 and don't know what driver I am suppose to upload?
 

A:[URGENT]Setup did not find any hard disk drives" during Windows XP Installation

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hi techies! i formatted my dell xps M1330 and installed every driver, antivirus, programs etc and I restarted my computer and I got a message called Windows Has Blocked Some Startup Programs ...... and there was setup.exe in my C-User-Temp folder. and my computer is starting really slow. heres my hijackthis log have a look at it. please help!


Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 4:32:42 AM, on 8/27/2008
Platform: Windows Vista (WinNT 6.00.1904)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16386)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Windows\system32\Dwm.exe
C:\Windows\system32\taskeng.exe
C:\Windows\Explorer.EXE
C:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MSASCui.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSvcHst.exe
C:\Windows\System32\hkcmd.exe
C:\Windows\System32\igfxpers.exe
C:\Windows\system32\igfxsrvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Adobe\Reader 9.0\Reader\reader_sl.exe
C:\Program Files\SigmaTel\C-Major Audio\WDM\sttray.exe
C:\Windows\OEM02Mon.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office12\GrooveMonitor.exe
C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe
C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe
C:\Windows\system32\SearchFilterHost.exe
C:\Program Files\Trend Micro\HijackThis\HijackThis.exe

R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=54896
R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=69157
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Defau... Read more

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can someone take a looksee and tell me what this is?

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Hi everyone,

I'm attemping to install Windows 7 64 bits in a Sony vaio SVE14A25CLB laptop. Many threads in this forum already help me a lot to change the UEFI settings to boot from a DVD or USB device in UEFI mode and I clean the hard drive with diskpart. Also secure boot is disabled.

My System specs:
Sony Vaio SVE14A25CLB
Intel Core i5 -3210M, 2.50GHz
Sony Vaio Intel HM76 Express Chipset
4GB DDR3 SDRAM 799MHz
Intel HD Graphics 4000, AMD Radeon HD 7670M 1GB
HDD 750GB, 5400 rpm

My next opponent in this journey is while windows setup is loading the files, on UEFI mode, it just stop at loading the disk.sys file (checked in safe mode), but in Legacy mode (BIOS) the windows setup (DVD or USB) start without issues (this is how I managed use diskpart).

I don't think it could be due to hard drive or memory issues (I didn't run any tests yet), as the windows setup start normaly on Legacy mode and It install successfully Windows 7 on a MBR partition.

From factory, the laptop comes with Windows 8, but even if the general performance is very good, it was some "features" that bother me. So hard drive already has GPT and I want to keep that partition table mode in case I need to do a dual boot with windows 8 in the future.

After clean the hard drive I even created GPT partitions following these steps:
Sample: Configure UEFI/GPT-Based Hard Drive Partitions by Using Windows PE and DiskPart (see Sample DiskPart Script: Default Configuration)

I ha... Read more

A:Windows 7 setup stop in disk.sys on UEFI mode, but in BIOS mode it did

Sony boot key is F12.

Make sure you have followed Option One in UEFI Bootable USB Flash Drive - Create in Windows
to create the flash stick.

To install Win7 in UEFI mode sometimes requires some level of CSM or Legacy set in BIOS, even "Boot UEFI First." You will need to scour those listings, post back camera snaps of all available choices for UEFI, Legacy, CSM, and boot order. Are you choosing UEFI device to boot. That would point to the media being the problem.

At Eight Forums they can help you derive your Product Key so that you can reinstall 8 to an MBR disk using media they should also be able to link you to. This is providing the BIOS won't auto-activate on MBR. These mysteries are all shrouded in EightForums which I will get over to one day when Win7 stops being the most popular OS and keeping us so busy here.

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My Dell Vostro 1400 Laptop recently quit working. Its only 4 months old.
I turned it on and it came to a screen saying,

"Windows dould not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:
"\windows\system32\config\system"
You can attempt to repair this file by starting Windows Setup using the original Setup CD-ROM. Select 'r' at the first screen to start repair"

I inserted the setup disc and booted from it, when I got the the Repair option it says,"Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed in your computer.
Make sure any hard disk drives are powered on and properly connected to your computer, and that any disk-related hardware configuration is correct. This may involve running a manufacturer-supplied diagnostic or setup program.

Setup cannot continue."

So I took the computer down to the local computer store and they put in a new 130 GB harddrive, ran the setup disk again and it displayed the same missing HDD message.

Anyone have any Ideas of what could be wrong???
Any help would be greatly appreciated!

A:Windows Setup Disk cannot find Harddrive, even with a brand new harddrive installed.

Hi, and welcome to TSF. If it's still under warranty I would take it back to the suppliers.

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The message is the litle shiled on the hp setup manager on the bottom of the screen...operting system is windows 7 which came with the computer....already used directions for the system recovery...it still shows up there???

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First time posting here, so I apologize if I my post is too vague.

I started up my laptop (Alienware M14x, Windows 7 64 bit - not sure if it's Ultimate, Home Premium, etc...) yesterday and it displayed a message saying that Windows had failed to boot. I restarted and attempted starting it in Safe Mode and from the last good configuration and both failed, leaving me with the same screen with the two options of starting normally or running startup repair. I also tried disabling driver signature enforcement, which also failed to resolve the issue. I then ran startup repair and just let it go for about 8 hours and it just continuously "attempted to repair." I left it overnight and then let it keep going for most of my day today. Altogether, it was running startup repair for around 30 hours.

I forced a restart and made a system repair disc using another laptop (also Windows 7 64 bit). I booted with the disc and hit next on the language/country menu. Windows 7 showed up as a choice as my operating system, but I could not hit the next button (blue loading circle would replace my cursor whenever I dragged over the window). After a couple minutes, a window appeared that said something along the lines of "identifying disk." This window stuck around for about 5 minutes and when it disappeared I was taken to the system recovery options. On the top of this window it says "Operating System: Unknown on (Unknown) local disk." I do not have my Windows 7 i... Read more

A:Windows 7 will not boot, infinite startup repair loop + "unknown disk"

Work through the rest of the steps for Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Start

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After 3 years for performing great my other Dell will now not boot as the "set-up" shows, "unknown device" for my hard drive. How do I try to fix that? Disconect ribbon cables and re-install them? I'm sorta at a loss. Any ideas?
Thanks.
 

A:system setup-shows unknown device for hard drive

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hello everyone,

ok so I have a vaio vgc-rb64g desktop (giving to me by a friend) and im trying to get windows xp installed on this thing. At 1st the original hard drive came up as unknown disk when i tried to install it. So i downloaded windows 7 beta and is using that on the original hard drive. Now my brother's computer mother board had crashed and i took his hard drive and put it in the vaio. I wanted to do a clean install of windows xp on that hard drive but its coming up as unknown disk as well. I tried searching far and wide but was unable to find what i was looking for i do not know what the problem is. I also tried taking the original hard drive out and using my brothers but no luck.

A:unknown Disk Help plz

Get the OEM setup/diagnostic disk from the hard drive manufacterer and run the diagnostics. Also, check your cables.

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Hey guys -

Trying to install ANY operating system onto a laptop (tried XP home & pro, & Vista) and am getting an error...

Unknown Disk
(There is no disk in this drive.)
Unknown Disk
(There is no disk in this drive.)
Unknown Disk
(There is no disk in this drive.)
Unknown Disk
(There is no disk in this drive.)

Is there a specific problem that causes this? Related to drivers maybe?
 

A:Unknown Disk

Bad hard drive, controller, etc.
 

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In anticipation of a fresh install of W7 when the retailbox ships, I'm playing with various configurations for storage and looking at various scenarios.

I'm thinking of ditching my RAID 0 array and looking at setting the disk controller up as AHCI now that 7 supports this out of the box.

I'm thinking of the following:

Drive 1 Sytem and programs

Drive 2 pagefile (what sort of capacity woudl suit this?)

Drive 3 User files perhaps partitioned for x2 user (or would a drive for each user be better)

Drive 4 dumping ground for pictures, downloads etc.

What are your thoughts, and if you had say two to four drives kicking around how would you organise your PC?

A:Ideal W7 disk setup

  
Quote: Originally Posted by saverio


In anticipation of a fresh install of W7 when the retailbox ships, I'm playing with various configurations for storage and looking at various scenarios.

I'm thinking of ditching my RAID 0 array and looking at setting the disk controller up as AHCI now that 7 supports this out of the box.

I'm thinking of the following:

Drive 1 Sytem and programs

Drive 2 pagefile (what sort of capacity woudl suit this?)

Drive 3 User files perhaps partitioned for x2 user (or would a drive for each user be better)

Drive 4 dumping ground for pictures, downloads etc.

What are your thoughts, and if you had say two to four drives kicking around how would you organise your PC?


Hi
Ok drive 1 yes, drive 2 sure if you use a pagefile (small), drive 3 ok, drive 4, ok. what abt a drive for backups?

KEn

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i just got a new hard drive when i put both hard drives on the computer only says COMPAQ the new hard drive wont read my xp disk but the old hard drive will also when i start up the old hard drive and then put in the new one ,the new one wont show up im having problems could somoe one please help

Oh and also the new hard drive wont read my xp disk it says it cant read it or the disk is not valid
 

A:Setup can not read disk

I have read through your 2 posts umpteen times and I cannot figure out whether you are spoofing or just lost.

Let's start here - you had 1 hard drive with an operating system loaded and the computer ran OK.

You added another hard drive and now you only get as far as a screen logo 'COMPAQ'.

When you now insert your XP cd in the cd drive it says 'it cant read it or the disk is not valid'.

Is this anywhere near what you mean?
 

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Hi everyoneMy computer is infected with the win32:vitro virus, and i cant even log on in safe mode. I've been trying to do a rebuild based on this guide: http://www.informationweek.com/1094/langa.htmHowever, when I press any key to load from disk, and get the blue screen saying 'Setup is loading files' and then 'setup is starting windows'. The next screen I get says 'A problem has been detected and windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer.....check for viruses on your computer.....run chkdsk/f to check for hard drive corruption'......etc etcThe problem is i cant get into windows because of the virus so can't run chkdsk, or run a virus check.I have no input before this screen comes up, there's nothing I can do but turn it off after this message displays. Does this mean that I won't even be able to format it, or is there a way around this? Thanks!Topic should say XP not CP, sorry.

A:Can't rebuild XP from setup disk

Fixed your topic title.

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hi. ok here we go. after i installed a new mb in my computer i had to do a fresh install of xp. I put the disk in, turned it on and it loaded all the initial drivers. then i got the bsod. it said that there was something wrong with pci.sys. I researched that error message and found out that i had to have a version of xp that had sp2 or 3 on it. then i found out i could slipstream the contents of my original setup disk with sp3, make it bootable, burn it to a dvd and - voila - problem supposedly solved. well i followed the directions to the letter and i really thought it was gonna work. the 'integrate' process did exactly what it was supposed to do. the burn process did too. but alas, i put the disk in my computer, try to boot off it, and i get an error message that says 'error loading operating system'. if anyone has any ideas please share them with me. i've put my heart and soul into getting this computer back up and running.
thank you.
ingrid

A:Can't get setup disk to boot

I should probably elaborate a little more. my landlord killed the power at the panel with no notice. my computer wouldn't start after that. after testing i was able to determine that my mb had gotten fried. i bought a new one. it was a different brand. first one was a gigabyte, the new one is an intel. the cpu is a Core 2 Duo 2.33 ghz. i got it all put back together and it fired up ok. (yeah!) but i have to reinstall the operating system.
hope thats enough background. just ask if you need any other info.
thanks again

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I have a Fujitsu Lifebook B2610 with external CD Drive and external floppy drive. I'm trying to install XP Pro with the 6 setup diskette. whenever it gets to the 6th disk I get error message: "A problem has been detected and windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer. etc etc
check for virus, hard drive....
Tech info: 0x0000007B (0XF9E8363C, 0XC0000034, 0X00000000, 0X00000000

Please help.
 

A:XP setup disk issues

How large is your hard drive, and how much memory is installed?
 

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Hello,

A friend of mine gave me a copy of the 3 disk set for installing DOS on a hard drive. For some reason the first disk will not boot and start the install. We have tried xcopy, copy and zipping and then e-mailing the contents of the disk. Still no luck.

Any suggestions?

Thanks.
 

A:DOS 6.22 3 disk setup troubles

You cannot xcopy, copy or zip a bootable disk. You have to make a floppy disk image, mail that and then write the image back to a floppy.
 

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I have a corrupt .dll file that is not allowing me to boot... I have been told that by using the Windows XP boot floppies, I can repair or replace the corrupted olecli32.dll file... I do NOT have the Windows XP installation CD, only the Setup boot disks... If I use them to boot my computer from the Floppy drive and setup XP, will my files and folders (i.e pictures, etc) be deleted?

If so, what method can I use to repair the corrupt .dll file without erasing my pictures?

Thanks in advance for any help...
 

A:Boot Disk Setup

Here is a copy of that file from my XP SP3 PC

See attached, unzip the file and put it on a flash drive, use an Ubuntu Boot CD to copy that file to the Windows\System32 folder on your hard drive.

http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/wind...backup-files-from-your-dead-windows-computer/
.
 

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I wanna format my computer then run booting cd .bt setup can not access disk.
So what can i do
Plz tell me

A:Setup can not access disk

and welcome to the Forum

Have you set the BIOS to boot first from CD/DVD?

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I formated my hard drive with Fdisk and ran the 4 disk set of Windows 2K and it goes through set up till last screen and then says Setup is starting Windows 2000 and it freezes there.

Help
 

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I turned on my computer the other day and it decided to run a checkdisk. No problems, everything was fine. HOWEVER, the next time I rebooted, it said that there was a computer software problem and the exact error was "load dlls for kernel", please contact your support person for assistance. Now, every time I boot up, I get this error. It doesn't matter how I boot up, (safe mode, last known good config, normal) I get this error. I saw on the web that the fix action was to run the XP install CD and do a repair, so I tried that; BUT...when I run the CD, it says, "unknown disk" where it normally lists my partitions and it won't let me continue past there. If anyone can please help me, it would be HUGELY appreciated as all of my children's photos since birth are on this hard drive!!! PLEASE HELP!!!

A:Please Help - Hard Disk Unknown

For starters, I'd suggest booting (typically you hold down the Delete key during power up) into your CMOS BIOS and make sure the BIOS sees your drives. Could be somehow the BIOS got corrupted and needs to be re-config'd.

Hope this helps get you going.

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Hi, thanks for reading this and thanks for your help.

My laptop took a fall and after that it doesnt enter the boot sequence for windows, stops at the laptop manufacturer logo.

I remove my hdd from the laptop and put into a external drive i keep for this purpose, checking hdd?s.

I can?t find the drive in my computer but I can see it in disk managment. It says Disk unknown - not initialized.

I?ve tried using PW but i cant see the drive on there. I would really like to keep my files I have on that drive but it seems to me that it toast.

Regards...

A:Disk unknown - not initialized

Quote:
My laptop took a fall and after that it doesnt enter the boot sequence for windows, stops at the laptop manufacturer logo.


That is bad news mate. Usually a mechanical HDD won't survive physical shock like dropping etc. This is because of the microscopical gap between the head and platter. Heads flying height on modern HDDs is about 5-10 nano-meters. For example: an average human's hair is about 25000 nano-meters in diameter. A drop will most likely cause the head to stuck on platter or cause scratches on platter surface.
I would suggest diagnosing the HDD using "Seagate Seatool" and verifying it's health.

SeaTools for Windows | Seagate
Run the tool and select your external HDD for testing. Then choose "Basic Tests --> Shot Generic" and wait for it to finish.

If the test is a pass, run "Basic Tests --> Long Generic". If either of the test fails, the case will be beyond DIY and you should consult a data recovery pro for recovery.

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Hi, My DVD Recorder died, so I took out the HDD Seagate DB35.2 and plugged it in my laptop. I get the above message in disk management. I also tried Knoppix 7.0 but the disk does not show up. My scope is to save the content in the disk and move it to my PC, is it a mission impossible? Any suggestion is very welcome. Thanks Alex

A:Disk 1 Unknown, Not Initialized

I'm not sure you will have much luck if the disk is not readable. You can usually use a Linux distro to try to read it, but you've tried that. If it can be read you can also try Copy & Paste - in Windows Recovery Console. Other than that you could try Recuva and see if that will work. But, if the disk can't be read, I'm afraid there is nothing you can do if those 3 options don't help.

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I believe i was attacked with a virus that messed up my OS booting. The Blue screen pops instantly after the attack. I restarted and the Blue Screen pops up again. I tried to load it with the settings that worked and the blue screen came up once again. I tried safe mode as well and still no change, same blue screen. As usual I thought a reformat would do the trick.I booted with my winxp cd and wanted to reinstall a fresh copy and i saw

Unknown Disk
(there is no disk in the drive)

Unknown Disk
(there is no disk in the drive)

I restarted the comp and rebooted with the cd and i ran the Repair Console
I typed in fixmbr to fix the issue. But the same Unknown Disk was still there when i tried to reinstall again. I did a chkdsk with Repair Console and the ' The Volume appears to contain one or more unrecoverable problems' msg appears.

I'm lost with what to do now
 

A:Unknown Disk Partition

Make and model of PC please
 

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Help! This unknown "Local Disk Q" just showed up this morning, and my regular external drive was gone. I reconnected my external to another port, and that went fine, but this locall disk q remains, and can not be accessed, changed, removed, etc. I scanned for virus's, and all seems ok. How can I remove this, and where did it come from?

A:unknown local disk Q

Does it show up in Disk management?

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Hi Admin,

I'm also facing the same like the rest of em with My WD 1TB external HDD, whenever I connect it, the computer recognizes it's being plugged in, however it doesn't appear in My Computer. When I go to Disk Management it comes up as "Disk 1, Unknown, Not Initialized".

I tried with the Partition Wizard mentioned earlier in the post, but seems it takes lot of time. Data inside the drive doesn't matter for me. If i get it formatted that would help.. kindly advise on how to proceed further.

Also am not seeing the option, New Simple Volume when selected the Unallocated drive.

If Initialize disk is to be done, what partition type has to be selected "MBR or GPT"

Please Help !! Thank you !!

A:WD Passport HD 1 TB disk 1 is unknown

Welcome onboard.

( I am not Admin but still usurp their address to address this query)

Initialise it as an MBR disk. Only more than 2TB drives need to be GPT disks.

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Please help me folks, I'm on borrowed time today.

I had to reformat my computer thanks to a handful of Trojans and of course, I am missing the Ethernet driver to connect. In the past, I had a friend set me up, but he never told me how to do it and he's gone in basic training so I can't ask for his help today.

I have a custom-built Compaq HP
I will have Windows XP HOME installed when I get the cash.

What I need is help figuring out where to look to find the model number to install the correct driver. I have tried the HP website and it does not work; My driver is built into the motherboard.

I currently have Windows XP Professional for English Students, it's my father's OS
 

A:Unknown Ethernet Driver - Compaq HP (model unknown) Windows XP

"I have a custom-built Compaq HP"...

Custom built by HP or a friend? See if you can tell us the model of the motherboard. Give us any name or numbers you find
 

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A:router setup - no prob...how to setup the windows ctrl pnl

not sure the issue. but posting the result of the ipconfig /all on both computer may help.
 

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Hi,
I have a big problem.
I had a windows 7 system on my laptop, and I tried to install Ubuntu in dual boot. I free some space from windows, then I insert Ubuntu live cd, I went to manual partitioning and no free space where detected. There were a sda4 partition that was about the same space I free before in windows, so I delete the partition and I try to add ubuntu there. Then I press ok to install. The setup of Ubuntu failed, and then Windows didn't start, but shows an error 0xc0000225.
This is what I tried to do:
1) recovery from F11... failed.
2) start prompt from F11.. failed.
3) recovery: Well I insert my windows setup's dvd and I try to recovery, but the recovery failed telling volume damaged.
Then I open the prompt from the live cd of windows:
4) bootrec.exe /Fixmbr: success
5) bootrec.exe /FixBoot: no success.
6) diskpart: CAN'T DETECT C: !!!!!!!!
7) editbcd: no success.
8) BIOS hard disk diagnostics: success.
then I try to setup windows directly: THE SETUP CAN'T DETECT HARD DRIVE.
The strange fact is that with a live CD of Ubuntu I can detect my data files on the hard disk and I can navigate through it. And Ubuntu detect the hard drive also. I try from Ubuntu to use boot-repair and that's the result:
Ubuntu Pastebin

PLEASE HELP AS SOON AS POSSIBLE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
my hard disk is: ata toshiba mk5076gs 500gb scs1
HP pavilion g6 1007-sl

A:setup can't detect hard disk

According to the report, you forced the conversion of Windows partitions to Dynamic Disks on "sda" by creating too many partitions. I don't think you are going to be able to fix Windows until you remove the Linux filesystem partitions and convert the Dynamic Disks back to Basic Volumes.

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I bought a 120gb Rock mobile Disk from Ebay. In the item install discriptions it stated it was plug and play...wrong!. Do you guys have any suggestions on what I need to do? other than returning to item. Any advise you can share will greatly be appreciated.

system information
OS win98
 

A:Rock Mobile Disk Setup

Well, your OS poses the problem because Windows 98 does not support Mass Storage volumes connected via USB. You will have to find a driver for it and, unfortunately, I did not see on available on Lacie's website for that particular device. The device description only hints that it requires Windows 2000, XP, and Vista. Windows Millenium, I believe, is the first one that supported such devices. That is, of course, based on the fact that my flash drives work on Millenium and not 98. Hopefully you will be able to find a driver or perhaps someone here could find one, but I was unable to find one by conventional means.
 

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I just purchased an alienware laptop from ebay, and it came with vista pre-installed. I am trying to install XP, but it does not recognize my hard drive.

I was provided with a utility CD, and that was all.

I do not have a floppy disk with SATA drivers (I think the company I bought it from put a SATA HDD in it.)

I do not have the alienware recovery cd....

Any way to install windows without taking the hard drive out and putting it in my desktop?
 

A:XP setup does not recognize hard disk

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I am in setup and I get the message, Setup cannot copy the file: c_1250.nls

A:[SOLVED] setup recovery disk

Are you trying to install Windows from the XP CD and you are receiving this message during the file install? Pull the CD out and try and clean it for any smudges. If there is a hairline scratch, it would cause this problem. You can try a different CD drive. That might work. Or you can burn a new XP CD using your old one, copying it to a HDD and burning a new one with nLite, you can add any Service Packs as well.

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hi. ok here we go. after i installed a new mb in my computer i had to do a fresh install of xp. I put the disk in, turned it on and it loaded all the initial drivers. then i got the bsod. it said that there was something wrong with pci.sys. I researched that error message and found out that i had to have a version of xp that had sp2 or 3 on it. then i found out i could slipstream the contents of my original setup disk with sp3, make it bootable, burn it to a dvd and - voila - problem supposedly solved. well i followed the directions to the letter and i really thought it was gonna work. the 'integrate' process did exactly what it was supposed to do. the burn process did too. but alas, i put the disk in my computer, try to boot off it, and i get an error message that says 'error loading operating system'. if anyone has any ideas please share them with me. i've put my heart and soul into getting this computer back up and running.
thank you.
ingrid
 

A:Solved: Can't get setup disk to boot

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Hi , hoping someone can help, been searching for answer to this problem for days!!!!

ACER Travelmate 8571 laptop with 4gb ram
OS - XP Pro with SP 1,2,3

Unable to start laptop and get the message:
?Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: <Windows root>\system32\hal.dll. Please re-install a copy of the above file.?

Put XP Pro Setup disk in cd drive to do repair:
Setup loads files, gets to ?Setup is Starting Windows? the Blue Screen of Death appears showing:
?STOP: 0x0000007B (oxF78D2524, 0xC0000034, 0x00000000, 0x00000000)?

Run Norton Bootable Recovery Virus check - shows no virus issues
Run Chkdsk /f - again indicated no problems
Completed Memtest - again no issues

Any ideas! This has baffled me????
 

A:Unable to load XP Pro setup disk

ok not sure if im right take pll on here a while to reply but they will always give u good advice but for now only thing i could think of is u need to change boot priority in bios when u start computer think normally f2 to go into bios then go to boot and make sure cd dvd drive is number 1 then if still dont boot could be bad disc otherwise wait for 1 of the techs on here they r great
 

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I just recently bought new parts and built a pc. This is the first one I have built but I had some help from friends in the process. Here's the stats on the computer I have in hopes it helps solve my problem:

ASRock 939Dual-SATA2 Socket 939 ULi M1695 ATX AMD Motherboard

CORSAIR ValueSelect 1GB (2 x 512MB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM Unbuffered DDR 400 (PC 3200) Dual Channel Kit System Memory

AMD Athlon 64 3200+ Venice 2000MHz HT 512KB L2 Cache Socket 939 Processor

Western Digital Caviar SE WD1600JS 160GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

eVGA 256-P2-N553-AX Geforce 7600GT 256MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card

******
******

When I first setup the computer everything worked fine, but I got a Trojan Virus called cmdService and was unable to reslove any issue with that. I used Hijackthis, Ewido, Spybot and Norton Antivirus and all were unable to delete the virus. Despite that issue the system still worked fine.

I had also had frequent Audio problems where the sound would just stop working. I went through many troubleshooting options to get it working again and sometimes it would work but then it would stop again. I read through several other forums and I think some lead me in the wrong direction. It now took about 5 minutes for windows to startup after login and I got these two error messages:

ALi 5289: Windows Sockets???

RUNDLL: Error loading w08b4021.dll The specified module could not be found.

I restarted the computer ... Read more

A:Setup not recognizing any Hard Disk.

Reset your bios by removing the cmos battery for a few minutes then put it back in. Only connect the hard drive that you are installing Windows on. Boot from the XP cd and get into the install screen. Delete the current partition, then create a new partition in the unpartitioned space and do a full format. Then install Windows. See if this helps. If not you could have problems with your memory modules.
 

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I have a computer with an Abit KV8pro mother board and it has a Samsung 500GB SATA hard drive installed along with an IDE CD drive. I am trying to load XP Pro from a genuine XP pro cd. It boots up then says it finds no hard drive. This is a new hard drive with nothing on it.

I had set this computer up in the past with a different SATA drive using Windows 98 and had no problems with the drive being found. No driver floppy came with the Abit motherboard.

I have checked the bios and SATA RAID ROM and boot from SATA drive are enabled. Is there some SATA driver I need to install? If so where would I find it. Any and all help would be greatly appreciated.

A:XP setup cannot find hard disk

You need to install the sata drivers. If you don't have floppy, see this: http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows/resolving-setup-did-not-find-any-hard-disk-drives-during-windows-xp-installation/

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I have a hard disk which already have windows installed, and now I want to setup this hard disk to my new computer, and of course I dont want to reinstall my OS.

I know that if I boot from this hard disk ,windows may not correctly boot because of drivers mismatch.so I just want to know is there anyway to deal with it without reinstall windows?

A:Is it possible to setup a hard disk to another computer?

Put the hard drive back into the old computer and boot it up.

Run in am elevated cmd the following commands...

Code:
pushd C:\Windows\System32\SysPrep
sysprep.exe /generalize


Wait for it to finish.

Move disk to new machine.

Boot.

Activate Windows with your new CD-KEY that you bought with the new machine.

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Gd day

can any one help me on this.

I have a toshiba satellite laptop without a floppy drive. When i tried to create a home network it required that i place a floppy disk for the network setup disk. I dont have any floppy drive but only the CD/DVD write drive.

does windows have any update on this or can i just have another way of connecting another computer to the laptop without going the network setup wizard

Thanks, "Salamat" in filipino

mark
 

A:Network setup floppy disk

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Hi,
I am trying to reformat my sister's computer and I cant seem to even get the computer to boot from the disk let alone display the setup menu. When I hit the ESC or F2 or F3 key the computer would blink a few times and then the Windows logo appear and then I can log onto the computer. I can only log on if the ethernet cable is disconnected. If the cable is connected the computer freezes and I cant even log onto the computer.

Any Suggestions?

A:Cant boot from disk OR get into setup menu

setup menu can also be F1 or Del buttons

give brand and bios

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Hi

I just did a clean install of Win 7 after having some issues with random Bsod. It seems the problem is solved but now I can see my SSD drive as a removable SCSI device. I have done some research and found out that would be normal? Previously all drives were visible in BIOS, now only connected to the intel controller. But I suppose that is normal too? Tried to play a bit with SATA controllers and had Bsod ( have the dump file ) if someone would look into BSOD file please and help me with SATA raid configuration. I have Asus mobo p8p67 pro : Blue ray drive and SSD are connected to intel controller and two WD drivers ( RAID 1 ) to Marvel one. If I connect RAID drives to Marvel I get two removable drives. Is everything ok with this configuration? And why my PC crashed.
Please help - thanks

A:Problem with disk controllers setup.

Hi again
It is solved - my new blue ray caused crashes whilst connected to Marvell. Attached to intel and works just fine. Thanks anyways guys.
Regards

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HI all,
So i've read the other threads on this topic, and it seems that I need to get the SATA driver, but I don't know from where! My problem is that I'm trying to reinstall XP; when I get to the first screen it does not detect my hard drive. I have a Maxtor 6y250m0 hard drive. Any tips??
 

A:Setup did not detect disk drive....

Tip: read the threads again and pay attention?

Your motherboard maker supplies the drivers. If you are lucky, then your motherboard/computer came with a driver floppy already and you don't have to download/make one.
 

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I recently decided my laptop had too much crap on it and neede a wipe. So I backed everything up and popped in my Windows XP CD to reinstall it. For some reason though, when it gets to the partition screen (where you delete/create/choose which partition), one of two things happen. Either it doesn't list any partitions and instead gives me an error message about not being able to find them, or it shows them and when I try to do anything (delete one, create a new one, etc) it blue-screens.

I have tried many tools to partition and/or wipe the hard disk and nothing works. I know there is no physical damage to it because it was working fine before I did anything.

Does anyone know what I can do to solve this? Any tools that will work for sure?

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I turned on my computer and loaded Vista and it said I should check my disk for maintenance, or something Like that, I didn't really pay attention, so I did it, and then it restarted, and then when I reloaded it told me "Windows could not startup" so it tried to fix the problem, but it told me it was unable to do so. so now I am using Ubuntu which I daul-boot on the same computer, and I can't even load windows. all of my windows files are still accessible thankfully Via Ubuntu, but I want to fix windows. Help.
 

A:Check Disk screwed my whole Setup

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I've had a schlew of problems with a PC starting with a bad installation of Microsoft's Lifecame software leading up to a constantly crashing XP.

I ended up getting a new hard drive thinking that was the problem but at the point of installing XP I get the same problem,

Once XP install starts up and I get to the 'partition screen' I get this as a choice of drives

Unknown Disk
(There is no disk in this drive.)
Unknown Disk
(There is no disk in this drive.)
Unknown Disk
(There is no disk in this drive.)
Unknown Disk
(There is no disk in this drive.)
Upon pressing enter I get a blue screen and can go no further,

A previous response to the same question on here was by

DoubleHelix
07-Mar-2008, 09:40 PM #2
"Bad hard drive, controller, etc."

So, it can't be the drive as I got the same 'unknown disk' problem with a brand new drive. The power cable and sata cables are fine. If it is a controller - what exactly is that and how can it be fixed?
 

A:Solved: Unknown Disk error

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Hi,

I'm trying to find out what the file Unknown (0x0) is in disk IO in xperf trace. Below is information about the io read type to unknown (0x0).

My question is what is it? what is it used for? basic information and the reason it's value is usually greater than all the other files

IO Type: Read
Complete time: 25.506764217
IO time: 3026.318
disk service time: 744.603
pri: 0x03
QD/I: 1
io size: 65536
min offset : 0x000000138ca14000
max offset: 0x000000138ca23fff
process name: System
process: System (4)
thread id: 232
path name: Unknown (0x0)

A:What is item Unknown(0x0) in xperf disk io?

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Hi i would like to ask why this happen. My external hard disk is detected by computer but doesn't appear in hard disk panel , it only appears on Devices. When i go to computer management. This is the output. Same when i use it to other computers. please help. im just new here and no good at computers.

External HDD : Western Digital My Passport 0740 (500Gb)

A:Disk 1 unknown not initialized - an external HDD

  
Quote: Originally Posted by empog


Hi i would like to ask why this happen. My external hard disk is detected by computer but doesn't appear in hard disk panel , it only appears on Devices. When i go to computer management. This is the output. Same when i use it to other computers. please help. im just new here and no good at computers.

External HDD : Western Digital My Passport 0740 (500Gb)




Hi empog,

Welcome to Seven forums.

It could be an either an issue with the harddrive itself or it is formatted in a partition which is not recognized by windows.

Once the harddrive is connected open command prompt and type diskpart and hit enter. Then type list disk and hit enter.

Whatever information is displayed kindly post a screenshot for the same.

Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums

Keep us posted with the results so we can advise you further.

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Hi,

I've been recovering data from three older internal hard drives for a friend, by way of an external HDD enclosure connected via USB to my laptop. It went well for the first two HDDs but the third, well ....

It's a Maxtor DiamondMax 10 HDD, 120 GB and is also marked SATA150.

(1) On most occasions, the HDD in question does not appear under My Computer. Under Devices and Printers, I see the external HDD enclosure as "USB to ATA/ATAPI bridge" (but not the HDD). In Disk Management, I see my internal drives and CD/DVD ROM but for the HDD in question, only "Disk 2, Unknown, Not Initialised" - I get the option to initialise it as MBR or GPT (I cancel at that point).

(2) On rare and seemingly random occasions, my laptop does pick up the HDD as drive F: but usually asks me if I want to format it (nope!). At this point it also appears under Devices and Printers, My Computer and in Disk Management as 'RAW' and 'healthy'.

(3) On three occasions, I have seen the drive name; on two occasions, all of the files - and on one occasion, I was able to copy four files across to my laptop (before losing visibility of it). So I know all the files are there.

However the HDD disconnects itself (or is disconnected) quite quickly, such that I am back to position (1) for the vast majority of the time.

I have tried TestDisk and EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, which do not see the HDD. I have also tried MiniTool Partition Wizard, which mostly does not see the HDD but on one occa... Read more

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This 2.5" SATA drive is from a Toshiba that seems to have died this morning. There's no boot, no BIOS, nada.
I removed the drive and attached it via USB to my Win7 box where it shows as "Unknown, Not initialized, and offline." There are no rt-click options in disk management. I can hear the drive spinning, but it shuts down on its own occasionally, and sometimes won't power up at all without a bit of fiddiling.
I can't get any response at all from my Linux box, and neither Test Disk nor Recuva finds it at all.
Is there anything else to do, or is this drive dead, as I suspect it is?
 

A:Disk unknown, offline, not initialized.

If it's not being recognized properly, there isn't anything else that you can do.
 

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Hello guys! I'm having a problem installing windows XP on one of my computers and it's starting to get annoying. I tried to install windows XP from the CD and i got this error when it asks me too chose the partition or something: 4 unknown disk (there is no disk in this drive) messages. If i press the up arrow i get a blue screen, if i press enter i get blue screen!

Weirdest thing is, i installed ubuntu on it and it worked. It was running windows before, just so you know! ;)

The HD i'm installing it to is the samsung sp1614c. I don't have any drivers for it, in case you're wondering, nor my computer has floppy drive :|

Has anyone experienced this problem? Thanks for you help guys! :)

A:Installation error - unknown disk

Does this happen when you try and select a partition to install to? I am assuming yes.

The drive you have appears to be a SATA drive. As setup loads you should see at the bottom a prompt to press a key if you need to load 3rd party SATA or RAID drivers. You will need to follow that prompt to load the drivers for your SATA hard drive. That should work.

BMR777

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Hi

I have the same problem. when i plug in the drive, it says that its succesfully installed however it does not appear in "my computer". also when i go into system tools it says that disk 1 is unknown, not initialized, unallocated

can you please help me, i dont want to lose my data, it contain all my pics. please help

A:disk 1 is unknown, not initialized, unallocated

Hello Jenny, and welcome to Seven Forums.

What type of drive is it, and how is it being connected?

Please go ahead and post a screenshot showing the full layout of your Disk Management window to see if that may help ID what the issue could be.

Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

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Hi,

I have another problem I hope you guys can fix.

My C: drive, an 80 gig thing, Shows that its full but I cannot pinpoint with what? Is there some thing I can do to fix this?

A:Disk Space used by unknown Entity

Hi. You have no specs in your profile and you've not really told us anything. Try one of these.

Disk Space Analyzers It will show you whats using how much. Going on what you haven't told us, it could be anything. The first 3 are pretty good. They should work fine on 8.1

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I already know about local disk Q (office 2010 beta installs this) but Windows Explorer also shows a local disk M.

Disk Management Utility shows Volume C and an un-named Volume, could this by the mysterious M? When I click it I get "location is not available" error.

How can I remove this or figure out what it is? thanks.

c

A:unknown Local Disk M: from Explorer

Do you have backup software installed?

Can you post a screen shot Disk management?
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I am having a problem with norton utilities, shutdown, and other utilities. I am getting the message that an unknown program is writing to the disk. I have run ad aware, spybot and antivirus program but cannot isolate the program. I have uninstalled and reinstalled my zone alarm.

there is a utility out there that identifies running programs. can anyone help me find it?
 

A:Unknown file writing to disk

Taskmanager. It's part of your OS
 

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Sorry for a long post, but the problems have been mounting and I want to be clear with what's wrong...

A while ago my computer stopped functioning. I came home to find the screen black, so I hit the hard restart button, and it got to the screen with the Windows logo and a scrolling blue bar underneath, but when that ended and it should have flashed to the login screen, it just went black. I tried hard restarting several times, and each time it would either go black or, in some cases, restart of its own accord. Sometimes it would flash a BSOD, but only once did it stay up long enough for me to write down any of the information. Turns out it was a graphics card issue (I have an ATI Radeon X800 Pro AGP card) - something about ati2dvag.dll being caught in an infinite loop. I researched the problem, and there seemed to be a way to fix it as long as I could log on to Windows somehow, which I could not do. Even trying Safe Mode only got me a little bit farther - I could get past the login screen and the desktop would start to load before it would abruptly crash and restart on its own.

Finally I decided the best thing to do would be to reformat. After using a hard drive cradle to pull off the data I needed to keep onto my laptop, I figured it would be a cinch to reformat and reinstall Windows. Thinking it would be easy, I decided to upgrade to a better drive so I purchased a 500 GB SATA Western Digital drive online (the old drive is a 200 GB SATA Maxtor) and tried to install Wi... Read more

A:[SOLVED] Reinstalling XP - Unknown Disk

Thank you for the detailed post, i wish everybody would give such effort when posting. Now, first thing you should is go back into the bios with both of your hard drives plugged in and check and make sure that your bios is picking up them correctly. It will be show the name of the hard drive and some long number. Then go through the other settings like boot order and make sure that the hard drive is in the list. As for that video card did you update the driver for it recently before the crash, it might of done it automatically. That could of caused the problem. FYI i would of tried Last Known Good Configuration before a reinstall, if it was a bad driver that would of rolled it back to a point before it was installed. Anyways, try those things first and we'll move from there. Good Luck

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Recnetly I noticed I had a 4th hard disk drive instead of 3.
The strange thing is that I can't remember adding one..
I just got my 2 internal hard disk drives and 1 external hard disk. But now it shows 4.
Also, when I try to open this 4th hard disk it gives an acces denied error message.
When i look at it's properties it shows this:
http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f2...g?t=1266766366

Also, I'm unaible to scan the hard disk. For my other hard disks, when I right click, I got the option to scan for virus. This option isn't in the list when I right click this new station.
Here are the menu list by right clicking on the HDD's.
http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f2...g?t=1266766998
http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f2...g?t=1266766998


Where does this hard disk come from?
Is it a virus because of a virus?
Why can't I access it?
Is it because of a program I installed?
Do I have to remove it and how?
Please help.

A:Unknown new hard disk drive.

Do you have a media player plugged in by any chance? (iPod, Zen, Zune).

That would also show up as a removable drive, BUT, if it was a media player, you would be able to access it.
Mine has done that with my camera also. it would show 2 separate drives....one that I can't do anything with, and the other which is where the pictures are stored. If I remember, they are called "removable drive" and "fixed drive.

I guess my first guess would be an external media player. If you have one plugged in, I'd unplug it from the computer and see if that other drive disappears.

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Disk 1 is unknown, not initialized, unallocated, Please help
disk 1 is unknown, not initialized, unallocated.. plizz help
I already use PhotoRec recovery but "disk capacity not correctly detected"
Disk 1 = seagate 500Gb hdd

A:Disk 1 is unknown, not initialized, unallocated, Please help

Start with this free tool. You should try to recover the partition before worrying about recovering the data. If you can recover the partition, the files should be OK if they haven't been over-written.

Best Free Partition Manager Freeware and free partition magic for Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Vista and Windows XP 32 bit & 64 bit. MiniTool Free Partition Manager Software Home Edition.

Select Partition Recovery Wizard. Choose the drive, then full disk, quick scan. Quick Scan may take 5 or more hours.

If the partition is eventually found, select and double click on it. You should then see all files in the Explorer.

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Trying to install XP on an old AJP Notebook Model D87P

Setup gets so far as recognising the disk and displaying its size.

"Press Enter to Install Windows on Selected Partition"

Then "Unknown Disk" is displayed and something about a Non XP Compatable Partition

Tried it with 2 HDDs and 2 different XP Install disks

Deleted and Created Partitions

Restored BIOS to defaults

Would it be Software, hardware or Bios

Thanks
 

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Hi, i'm new on this forum. I was searching for an answer to this issue in a lot of threads but i didn't find something to fix it.

I built an external hd using the hard disk of my old laptop (Fujitsu MHV2120AH PL) and a Woxter i-Case 240.

When i connected it via USB i went to the Disk Manager and saw the unit as "Disk 1 Unknown Not Initialized". But there was something else, the disk has a size of 120GB but the Disk Manager shows only 700MB.

The Disk Manager didn't allowed me to format this partition and when I press on "Initialize disk" it didn't do anything.

I used a Linux Live CD and I had the same issue, i tried to create a new partition table but it didn't create it and GParted didn't allow me to create a new partition answering that i need a partition table first.

I tried with Diskpart without any result too.

This HD had an Windows XP installed on the old laptop and before dissamble it i made a quick format with the Bootable CD of my laptop. The quick format was interrupted when the program was copying the files necesary to install Windows XP.

Do you have any idea?

A:Unknown - Not Initialized Disk (External HD)

Hello Matterito!

You could try a couple of things: changing the enclosure, as this one's controller may be corrupt, or hooking up the disk directly to the computer.
Also, see if your USB drivers need updating.








  
Quote: Originally Posted by Matterito


This HD had an Windows XP installed on the old laptop and before dissamble it i made a quick format with the Bootable CD of my laptop. The quick format was interrupted when the program was copying the files necesary to install Windows XP.


Following this, it may be that your disk is just damaged. It could be just that the partition table is corrupted, so may be writing full zeros to the disk and repartitioning and reformatting it would help fix the issue. That is in the case that you don't need the information on the drive.

CK_WD

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I have downloaded windows 7 home premium upgrade ISO from the microsoft store. The burned the iso to disk using the image burner in windows.

My problem is that the disk will boot, and a "windows is loading" screen appears which only takes a minute. Then a windows background appears on screen with a cursor. That is all. No setup at all. What might be wrong here. I would like to make a bootable disk that works.

I can run setup from an OS, but that is not what I want to be able to do.
Help please,
Rick

A:Install disk fails to boot into setup

As far as I know, 1 most likely problem

Burn a new ISO at slowest speed

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I'm trying to put this program on a disk and have it start the installation on its own when its inserted into a pc. I have nero 6 and all I get is burnt disk with the setup file but it does not autostart.

Anyone know how to make it autostart when its inserted?
 

A:How can I get this setup file to autostart from a disk that I made?

hello,

It's not very clear witch program ...Do you want to install a certain program
automatically when insert the CD (where you have previously burnt it?
Anyway the "autoplay" or "autorun" feature for a CD needs a Autorun.inf file to give the necessary instructions. For example, let's say that your program contains :
- a setup.exe file to start the installation
- you also wish a specific icon to replace the generic CD-ROM icon in
My Computer.
- also you wish the name of program to be displayed under icon

Open a New Text Document and type as below, beginnig from the upper left corner :

[autorun]
open=setup.exe
icon=your_icon_name.ico
label=Your_Application_name

save as Autorun.inf

Now you suppose to burn as data on the CD, the following files :

Autorun.inf, setup.exe, your_icon_name.ico and of course the rest of program's data.
The best way to get used to autorun is to practice on a CD-RW until you obtain exactly what you wish.

good luck and please post back

Stefan
 

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I have a HP DV6400 notebook running MS XP PRO. Keyboard driver appears corrupt. Keyboard works in BOIS screens but not at login window. BT wireless mouse works so all I can do is shutdown, cannot type with mouse. Called HP support and they were useless. Read through all your threads, great info but none of the suggestions worked (use USB keyboard, etc). Concluded I need to repair the OS.

Booted from XP disk in CD/DVD drive, hit ?R? for repair (keyboard worked) and then received error; ?Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed in your computer.? The only fix I found on line was to use a bootable floppy to install hdd drivers, see http://www.windowsxphome.windowsrein...exfullpage.htm.

I will need to go buy a USB floppy drive and floppies (in 2008 ? really?) in order to follow their solution.

Do you have a better suggestion?

A:Setup did not find any hard disk installed - Why?

Hi,
Is your hard drive SATA?

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Hello,

Just installed XP Pro last week.... no problems . Last night, my computer will not work . I try to Repair from the CD, but the I get the same error over and over. I get the same error even if I try to run set from scratch. What to do??
 

A:Setup did not find hard disk driver.....

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Hello,

I have recently lost my D-Link Router Setup Disk. I will provide you all the information.

D-Link

AirPlus G+
Wireless Router

DI-624+


Could you please tell me how I can obtain another setup disk?

I currently have 2 desktop pc's.

1 with Windows XP Professional

also

1 with Windows Vista Home Premium.


I will need the setup disks for both.




Many Thanks


GT06

A:I lost my D-Link Router Setup Disk ! ! :(

Hi,

Welcome To TSF.

Your router shouldnt need the setup disks for both Pc's.

Here is the page i got to, you did not tell us what version it was, click on this page and contiune to the driver http://www.dlink.co.uk/?go=gNTyP9Cnp...osFS3vxSZF/A== and then download it.

If you need any help just ask.

Jay

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Hello,
I am in the process of building a new computer, using a motherboard, CPU and memory from one machine [computer2], and HDDs and other peripherals form another [computer1].
The HDDs from 1 were in a RAID1 setup, which I don't want in the new machine.
I hooked up the RAID disk to another Win7 machine, to clean and format it...however.......
'My Computer' does not see it, but under 'manage', it is there as "Disk 1, Unknown, etc" see attachment.
The volume shown is for the 2 disks in RAID1 setup, the actual size of each physical disk is 320gb.
When I try to Initialize , I get the message "the system cannot find the file specified".
I'm sure it can be "forced' through the Command structure, but am not experienced enough to remember how.
Would someone please run through the Command instructions to allow me to end up with a normal, ready to use, non RAID disk.
I have had assistance through this forum previously, and it was really great...so much appreciated. I hope you can help me here again.
Thanks and regards AG

A:How to Initialize one disk from previously RAID1 setup

I would suggest using EaseUS partition master for this. I never use Microsoft disk management.

Good luck

Free Partition Magic alternative. Best Free Partition Manager Freeware for Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7/8 32 bit & 64 bit - EaseUS Partition Master Home Edition.

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I hope shortly to receive a "pre-owned" Dell M6800 laptop with a 128GB Solid State Disk (SSD) and a 750GB HDD.

It comes with 8.1 installed (shudder) and I will upgrade to 10 immediately as I couldn't tolerate 8 or 8.1. Once I've done that, I'll need to transfer all my applications and data (which will be tedious I know unless there's some trick or clever tool/application to do it - any suggestions are most welcome here).

Aapart from the OS what should go on the SSD, and what on the HDD. Looking at my current system, the Windows directory plus Program Files, Program Files (x86) and Program Data run awfully close to 128GB, so this isn't quite as simple as Windows & Apps on SSD, with everything else on the HDD and use junctions if necessary to point to data on the HDD.

I can't afford to replace the SSD with a bigger one as all available funds went into buying the new lappie.

Thanks lots
Dave

A:Best setup for system with both Solid State Disk (SSD) and HDD

A 128GB SSD is a pretty good size. As a rule of thumb, everything belonging to the OS (including apps) should go on the SSD and all data should go on the HDD. If you have too many apps, move the less frequently used ones to the HDD.

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Hi Alls
i m Basically a Technician
Today i m Facing one problem in Windows 7
System is Acer Aspire T6524 (I search on Internet and that is Acer Emachine)

Windows XP is running Fine
i m trying to install Windows 7 on this Desktop System
i have IDE DVD Rom
and Sata Seagate Harddisk, 4 check also new WD hard disk
i try alot of time to install but it always says on Drives Page.

No Driver were found. Click Load Driver to Provide a mass storage driver for installation

i tried WD Hard disk to check but Same error
i check its BIOS Setup. there is no configration About AHCI and IDE
i Reset its CMOS.
i Change its Ram
i change its Power Supply

But the error is Same No Hard Disk.

I Hope i Will Find Solution from here
Thanks in Advance
Sorry 4 mine Bad English

A:Setup Did not Detect Sata Hard Disk

You'll need to preformat the Win7 partition using a 3rd party partitioning manager like Free Partition Wizard CD.

Then try running the Win7 installer from the XP desktop, directing the Custom install to the 2nd partition.

This may solve the driver problem. If not, locate the SATA contoller driver for your model and put it in the Win7 installer on the link at bottom left of the Custom drive maps screen.

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I am helping a friend clean viruses off her tablet. After about 4 hours of Skype screen-sharing, going through regedit and other obscure locations as well as scanning and cleaning her system with multiple antivirus software (avast and malwarebytes), it seems we've fixed just about everything. One thing remains, when she starts up her system, she spots disk setup (probably disk management) open up and then close quickly. I have searched for something like this online but I have no luck.
 

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Need technical help on installing windows xp on a Dell mini 9. error says <setup cannot access this disk>

ubuntu says <input/output error during read on /dev/sda> . can anyone help me . thanks.
 

A:Dell Mini 9 setup cannot access disk!

The 16GB hard drive is most likely bad. These mini's run hot
 

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When computer is powered up, I get this message:
"No OS found - insert OS setup disk, then press any key"
I do nothing but press a key and Windows starts up.
Can anyone tell me what's going on???

A:No OS found - insert OS setup disk, then press any key

Sounds like your MBR may be damaged, have a look at this tutorial.

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Hello,
i got new notebook HP dv6670ej.
i have vista on it and problems with it, i tried to format and
install windows XP but in the begin after the computer loads the files,
it shows me error: setup did not find any hard disk drivers installed in your computer.
i searched for ways to fix it, one way is to disable SATA in bios, but i dont have the option in there. other way is to make a windows installation with nLite,
but i have no idea what drivers i need for it and where to download them.
maybe there is another easier way?
can someone help me please?
 

A:Setup did not find any hard disk drivers

in most of the links you gave i saw that i need a floopy drive that i dont have.
and i still cannot understand what drivers i need and where to get them from.
 

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I'm pretty sure I have some sort of infection, although I am not sure. My disk is constantly active, grinding constantly every second even when the computer is idle, no matter how much I restart or how long I leave it on. This has been constant for almost two weeks now and it is driving me insane. I did some research, tried to turn off indexing in case it was that, but that did not change anything. I did some disk defragmentations as well, but that didn't help. I have Avast, Malwarebytes, ThreatFire and Online Armor installed, but none of those have detected anything. From what I can tell by looking at the task manager, there is a process called System that identifies itself as NT & Kernel system that seems to gobble up 20% of my cpu in concert with the disk activity I am doing. When I try to locate that particular process though, it takes me to my desktop on explorer with My Computer highlighted. I need help before I throw my laptop out of the window because that noise is driving me nuts. Here's the DDS log, and I've attached the other two logs required as well. Also, when I ran GMER the first time my computer got a blue screen, the second time GMER crashed unexpectedly, and finally the third time worked, but the log file is too big for me to be able to attach it...

Thank you for any help provided, it is greatly appreciated from me and my laptop!

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DDS (Ver_11-05-19.01) - NTFSx86
Internet Explorer: 9.0.8112.16421 BrowserJavaVersion: 1.6.0_25
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A:Unknown infection, constant disk activity

Hello and Welcome to the forums! My name is Gringo and I'll be glad to help you with your computer problems. Somethings to remember while we are working together.Do not run any other tool untill instructed to do so!Please Do not Attach logs or put in code boxes.Tell me about any problems that have occurred during the fix.Tell me of any other symptoms you may be having as these can help also.Do not run anything while running a fix.We apologize for the delay in responding to your request for help. Here at Bleeping Computer we get overwhelmed at times, and we are trying our best to keep up. Please note that your topic was not intentionally overlooked. Our mission is to help everyone in need, but sometimes it takes just a little longer to get to every request for help. No one is ignored here.Click on the Watch Topic Button and select Immediate Notification and click on proceed, this will help you to get notified faster when I have replied and make the cleaning process faster.In order for me to see the status of the infection I will need a new set of logs to start with.Please print out or make a copy in notpad of any instructions given, as sometimes it is necessary to go offline and you will lose access to them.DeFogger: Please download DeFogger to your desktop.

Double click DeFogger to run the tool.
The application window will appear Click the Disable button to disable your CD Emulation drivers Click Yes to continue A 'Finished!' message will ap... Read more

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We have a laptop that will not startup - 2 lights appear when trying but nothing happens. We need to get data back off it.

I removed harddrive from laptop and connected drive to PC USB with USB to Sata Drive Cable setup. It will not register in Windows Explorer. However, when I go to Disk Management, it seems to see something. It says there is a "Disk 3 Unknown of 465.76 GB" and "Not Initalized". In detail for that drive it says "465.76 GB Unallocated". It also displays a message when I fist enter Disk Management that says "You must Initialize a disk before Logical Disk Manager can access it". It offers initialization in either MBR or GPT partition style. The harddrive is stamped as a HGST of 500 GB capacity.

Listening closely it seems to be spinning. When it started up I did hear some other sounds but not a lot and it was very soft in all sounds - I had to listen very carefully to hear anything. And have not really listed to a drive before to see what sounds it should make. Also, I have not opened it.

I am running Windows 7 on the PC and the laptop was running Windows 8.

I have not initialized it as I assume it will wipe/re-format disk when I am trying to retrieve the data on it. Is it just the case of a drive letter conflict or is the drive just had it?
 

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The computer[nt4.0 server with service pack 6a] was running fine with two physical hardisk both running on ntfs. Later when I installed the the modem i just couldnot install it. The modem was not detected and the system just stoped booting also. I installed a fresh nt 4.0 on the same primary hardisk formating it as fat. Instalation is sucessful. But the operating system cannot access the secondary hardisk which is ntfs. The disk manager shows the disk but says "partition unknow" although it is ntfs. When i open the file manager and try to access the secondary hard drive it says "drive is not readable. disk structure is curupt and unreadable".When I right click on the drive and i hit properties i do not see the sercurity tab. Since I have reinstalled the operating system the service pack right now is service pack 1.
I want to recover data from the secondary hardisk which I can not access please help.
 

A:ntfs partition is unknown by disk manager

Did you overwrite your original install? If not, you may be able to repair it. I would try to convert the current partition to NTFS, but that may not help. Partitions created by disk administrator can be difficult for another OS (other than the one that created it) to work with. You may be able to save the data using ghost to take a picture of the second partition, then wipe it out and re-create it and use ghost to replace the original data. That may work. Hope it helps.
 

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I am experiencing the same issue as with jenny123 but with an additional problem. I am troubleshooting a Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex 1TB external hard drive for my buddy. It is previously working but one day, it is not detected anymore by any device. It is found in the Disk Management however, it is listed as Unknown, Not Initialized, and not showing the partition as shown in the screenshot.


When I try to change it from Offline to Online, I am encountering the error:
"Virtual Disk Manager: The system cannot find the file specified"

I also used the DISKPART in cmd but it is not showing Disk 1 as shown below.


The external hard drive is found in disk drives but it is not showing it's model name.


I tried all the recommended software (partition wizard, testdisk, icare) but still no luck. I also tried searching online for an answer but there's no closure to their issues as well. Hope someone can help on this as he need a) the drive and b) recover the files in the external drive. Thanks!

EDIT: The drive can be seen in the Devices and Printers as shown below.

A:Disk unknown, not initialized, and not showing partition

Hi

For any serious troubleshooting, diagnostics or recovery attempt, you should always connect an HDD to a direct SATA port. Usually you can easily remove the header of any Seagate Golex drive and then connect it to an internal SATA port.

Let us know what "Disk Management" reports when you connect the drive directly.

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I ran BIOS diagnostics on a Dell OptiPlex 3010 yesterday and received an error code (2000-0142) - short self test unsuccessful. I pulled the drive and swapped a new SATA drive to get the user back up and running quickly. I'm trying to connect the drive with the error to my laptop using a StarTech USB 2.0 to IDE SATA Adapter. When I open Disk Management I see Disk 0 (my laptop drive) and Disk 1 (the connected drive). It says Unknown / Not Initialized. When I right click and try to initialize it says "The device is not ready." I've tried the more actions > refresh / rescan. Now when I right click the option to Initialize Disk is grayed out and I can only see Offline and Properties.

I browsed through a thread from about 2 years ago and couldn't find a helpful solution.

The drive: Western Digital 250GB SATA / 16MB Cache - WD2500AAKX

A:Disk Management - Unknown / Not Initialized Drive

Have you attempted to run Western Digital's Data Lifeguard diagnostic software? It has a short test and an extended test.

Are you trying to recover anything from this drive? Or just trying to find out if it's broken?

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