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Cloned hard drive will not boot Vista

The system is an Advent 5301 laptop, and I'm trying to swap the hard drive for one of a larger capacity (120 -> 320 GB). I used Clonezilla to directly copy the original drive to the target drive, but ...
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BSOD after cloning data hard drive Windows Vista Ultimate

I have an issue with my current system not running properly after I clone my data drive to another, bigger hard drive. I have tried Acronis TruImage as well as a couple of other programs that I cannot ...
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Synching 4 external hard drive to Desktop with Vista 64 and Laptop with Win7 64

I have to reformat my SSD in my Vista Desktop. I backed it up 9 months ago but the external drives were fresh. Now I need to re-backup my documents, photos etc. What is the best way without going ...
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WinVista and Chrome freezing on high disk usage

I'm trying to diagnose an issue with my PC. I see unresponsive apps like chrome and windows explorer. The UI is responsive but its still very annoying. THe HD utilization seems high when this ...
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How to create a WIndows Vista Installer including my own drivers

I try to add a Syba SD-PEX40054 with Marvell 88SE9230 RAID Sata 3.0 PCIe card to my Workstation Intel s5000psl to pass from SATA 2.0 to SATA 3.0 and add HDD with SATA 3.0 specs. Now I have an issue, ...
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Why can't I boot in to Windows Recovery Environment to fix my HDD or salvage my data?

I've been trying to get in to WindowsRE to salvage the files on my Sony Vaio laptop after it failed to load Vista (it finally, consistently displays "Error loading operating system" after months of ...
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1answer
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Make a free space useable in vista

I've just re-installed vista, in my previously dual booted system. Vista is installed on a 120 GB partition on my 250GB HDD. My HDD's architecture has as follows 120GB NTFS where Vista is installed ...
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1answer
141 views

Toshiba Satellite Pro L300 1AI with Vista

I have an old Toshiba Satellite Pro L300 1AI laptop which has been getting slow to boot over time. Issue has occured where after a 10 minute startup into Vista, it freezes (including action bar ...
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My Sony Vaio won't boot, how do I know if it's a hardware issue or a software issue?

I have a Sony Vaio laptop, running Windows Vista. It started freezing a couple of weeks ago but after a hard reboot it would work just fine. During the weekend it started freezing more often so I ...
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Going from two hdd to one hdd cannot boot

I've had two HDD both with Vista installed on them. This is because the old Hitachi HDD failed previous and I added a Seagate HDD and just loaded Vista onto one of its two partitions. Normally when I ...
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“No operating system” after installing new hard drive

I bought a laptop from eBay. The previous owner took the hard drive out, so I replaced it with a new hard drive. I installed the new hard drive, did a hard drive self test – it passed. I downloaded ...
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Vista Hibernation-How does it work [closed]

I was just wondering something, I know when you go into sleep mode with vista, it writes everything to disk and powers down, and when you power up it returns it all to the RAM, but what I was ...
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“You do not have permission to perform this action” when trying to delete a folder [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can't delete folder and I am admin. “You need permission to perform this action. You require permission from…” I'm logged in to my laptop on a ...
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1answer
109 views

Cannot see main user profile directory on old vista hdd on win7

I have an old laptop HDD that ran Vista that I need to get some pictures and movies off of. I've attached it via SATA cable to my new Win 7 (64 bit) machine and it mounts fine, except I can't see the ...
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371 views

Directly edit the hard disk on Windows Vista

I'm on Windows Vista Home 32bit. Is there a way to edit the disk the system is on? Hex editors will not edit the hard drive directly. Is there a work around besides BartPE?
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1answer
2k views

How can I install Windows to my new hard drive if I lost my recovery cd that came with my pc?

The hard drive on my pc died and I had to replace it. My pc originally came with Vista and I upgraded to Windows 7. My pc is a Gateway and I can't find the recovery cd anywhere. I have the Windows 7 ...
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1answer
793 views

Trying to switch from IDE to SATA with Win 7-64 already installed

I have been reading some very informative articles on changing over to ACHI from SATA drivers after Windows 7 been installed. Well, I am trying to switch an Asus M487TD/USB3 board Dual booted with ...
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3answers
217 views

Defragmenting a large amount of files (35GB) over night

I'm trying to defrag my HP G60-116ea laptop using Piriform Defraggler. Even their quick scan has been on 0 percent for about 30 minutes. There are 34GB of fragmented files. I'm presuming this is a ...
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1answer
57 views

Local hardware specialists tested my HDDs for me, PC came back slow / hanging randomly

I was concerned that my HDD may have been about to fail after I heard a couple of clicks (perhaps I was overly paranoid, but it's almost deadline time at University and I'm a Computing student - so ...
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1answer
323 views

Hard disk 'whistles' with high access when nothing is running?

This just started today: after my WinVista computer has been idle for a few hours (with nothing running) the disk usage light goes on and the HD starts to 'whistle'. While this is going on the ...
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1answer
66 views

Windows Vista C: Drive [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Windows Updates Folders (With Strange Names) in C drive What are the directories on the C: drive that have odd names like "e0b21d8c70609853dc"? Can I delete them?
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What's the difference between “shutting down the computer” vs “shutting down the hard disk”?

I was wondering: What's the difference between shutting down the computer and shutting down the hard disk? Aren't they the same thing? That is: I can't use the computer if the hard disk is shut ...
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1answer
189 views

Do different disks have different system restore points?

I was wondering if I install programs in both C:\ drive and D:\ drive, are there separate system restore points for each disk? For example if I run cleanmgr.exe I can select either C:\ or D:\ drive: ...
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1answer
188 views

Multiple consecutive copy/move/delete operations will harm the hard drive? or cause defragmentation? or?

I was wondering what will happen to a hard drive if we do multiple consecutive copy/move/delete operations on that drive? For example, if I copy a chunk of data from F: drive into D: drive, and while ...
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Error- D:\ is not accessible. Access is denied

All of the sudden the D drive gives me an error when I try to open it: D:\ is not accessible. Access is denied. I have files on the drive that I would like to recover, so I do not want to ...
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138 views

Is it possible to “paste” everything of an old HDD to a new HDD?

I have a damaged 500GB HDD, and I want to change a new one now. Is there any way I could do this without having to reinstall the OS and all the applications? Is it possible to take a snapshot of ...
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How to find HDD cache size?

I Googled my HDD model number, and could only find the physical dimensions and the data transfer rate. Where can I find the HDD cache/buffer size?
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1answer
1k views

External drive stops being recognized after waking my laptop from sleep mode

Whenever my laptop wakes up from sleep mode, I'm unable to see the external drive connected to it. I've tried restarting and reconnecting the external drive, and scanning the local and external disks ...
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1answer
386 views

Can I install Windows Vista on a new hard drive using only Recovery discs?

I have a Dell Inspiron 1525 laptop running Windows Vista Home Premium. Well, it was running. The hard drive developed some bad sectors and won't boot Windows anymore. Assuming the hard drive needs ...
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2.2 TB limit applies even to eSATA drives? 3TB appears as 746 GB

I have an Icy Dock 3.5" external enclosure with USB 2.0 and eSATA. I have an Intel DG45ID motherboard with USB 2.0 and eSATA ports. In the past I had a 2 TB Seagate drive in the enclosure, and it ...
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Harddrive issues dual boot ubuntu

I'm not familiar with how dual boot systems work. I was told I had to defrag my hard drive so that when I installed ubuntu it would have it's own virtual space. This raises the question: If I delete ...
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1answer
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Windows 7 turns hard drives with data to hard drives with unallocated space after they are used with XP/Vista

This question was asked by a user on Microsoft Answers website las year, but it had no answers so far (unsurprisingly). I am facing the exact same issue. Here are the steps to reproduce this problem ...
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2answers
696 views

Transferring files from laptop to external hard drive

I'm using Windows Vista Home Premium SP2, and when moving extra long favorites from an internal 500GB hard drive to an external USB-connected MyBook 2TB hard drive, I get a file copy operation ...
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Rescuing an encrypted hard drive

A friend of mine asked me to encrypt the hard drive on his netbook (running Windows Vista) so I used TrueCrypt's full-system encryption to do it. All is well. Except now he forgot his Windows login ...
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260 views

What files are required in my HP Recovery partition on Vista

My HP Recovery "D" Drive is showing some file in blue and some in black print - it only has 450MB free. I have this drive backedup on my stand-alone drive. Are there any files within this partition ...
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601 views

How can I extract data from Toshiba Satellite with a dead Windows installation?

I've got a Toshiba Satellite (unknown model number but bought early 2010) running Windows Vista which throws a kernel error on boot. We don't have the restore/recovery CD any more to restore the ...
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How do I get rid of this old hard drive in my machine?

I bought it about 5 years ago and it came bundled with Windows Vista. When Windows 7 launched, I waited a bit then realized it would rock with an SSD. So I bought an SSD and added it as my primary ...
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912 views

Windows Vista freezes

Windows Vista (32-bit) would randomly freeze on my computer, usually 15-30 minutes after login but can happen just after login. All applications would stop responding and the hard drive will not make ...
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1answer
146 views

I have multiple dvds to boot vista; can I somehow combine them to boot from single flash drive?

My disk drive doesn't work. I got an external one, but I can't boot from it apparently. I can boot from USB, I've noticed. So I'm wondering if I can put my 3 vista recovery discs onto a single ...
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1answer
225 views

Windows vista reinstall on a new HDD

I have a dell optiplex 320, installed with vista business. Unfortunately the HDD is packing up so I need to get a new one to put in to it. I have created a system image backup so should be able to get ...
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Windows Vista won't install onto a new harddrive?

I'm fixing a computer for a friend and I diagnosed their old harddrive was bad(click of death) so they got a new harddrive and now I'm trying to install Windows onto it. The computer is a newer Dell ...
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1answer
162 views

Checkdisk is stalling partway through a scan

In Vista, when I run checkdisk at boot, it consistently stalls at 60%. I have tried running it three times. I now have a new second hard drive that is a clone of the original problematic drive. ...
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1answer
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Windows 7 not letting me format drive that has Vista installed on it

My computer has three hard drives, one with Windows 7 installed, one with Vista installed, and one storage drive. For a while I was dual-booting W7 and Vista, but now that I no longer need the Vista ...
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2answers
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3 OS computer, Hard Drives Corrupted, Any way to save the data?

Ok...So i have a computer. Its a pretty amazing computer. Built it myself. It has 3 500gb harddrives on it, all with different OS's. XP, Vista, and 7. I recently ran into a little problem. Well its a ...
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1answer
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how to get information from HDD from DLINK DNS-323

Problem: After restarting DNS decided that on of 2 existing HDD (in Standard, not in RAID, etc.) is new and asked to format it. DNS indicated problem HDD by Purple LED instead of Blue LED. What I ...
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What is Vista doing all the time?

I'm using Windows Vista and I am curious what Vista is doing with my harddisk? I have constant hard disk activity even if the PC is idling. If I start to use the PC actively there is less HDD noise, ...
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683 views

Swap Hard disks without reinstalling windows

I have two identical machines (Dell Vostro 200). Machine A has a dead hard disk, Machine B has a dead motherboard. Can i swap the hard disk from machine B to A ? It has Windows Vista Business ...
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167 views

Recovering a broken laptop hard drive

So I bought a new hard drive for my laptop and at least I can boot up now. But since that works, I'm wondering how far gone my old drive is. I have data on it I need to recover (I know it should have ...
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1k views

transfer bootable windows 7 to smaller hard disk

I want to transfer my Windows Vista install from a 70GB partition to a new smaller but faster 40GB hard-drive. If it were the other way around (small->big) I'd just plug them both into my Ubuntu ...
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1answer
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Improving performance with a “virtual hard drive”

After reading this I am wondering if having an all virtual hard drive, if virtual hard drives even exist, with a single program on it would significantly improve that programs performance?