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2answers
22 views

Old hard disk does not load OS

I have this old computer but upgraded the motherboard and the processor just recently. Everything was already used except for the motherboard, processor and RAM. The rest, was already used, the hard ...
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1answer
18 views

Issue with harddisk, now showing “Disk Error”

My mom's office PC was having some issue recently. That it was not showing any out. When checked, found that the motherboard is defected. Probably because of the frequent power failures or overvoltage ...
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0answers
37 views

How to hide a HDD from device manager?

I somehow managed to "hide" one of my SATA HDDs from XP's device manager. No yellow signs, nothing and it does not work. But BIOS can still see it. On Linux, its partitions still work as expected, ...
0
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1answer
26 views

deleted a now-inaccessible harddrive

When formatting my computer for Windows XP, there were two hard drives available to format. I deleted the latter hard drive with 'L' option, thinking they would merge. They didn't merge. I deleted ...
1
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2answers
33 views

dual boot windows 7 with xp hard drive compatibility mode

I need to get a Compaq 620 laptop with Windows 7 to dual boot with Windows xp I tried running the Windows XP setup CD, but soon after I get a BSOD error This page says that I need to change the hard ...
0
votes
2answers
66 views

How to boot into Windows 7 after installing Windows XP on the same HDD?

I installed Windows XP in an unallocated space of a HDD that already had Windows 7 installed on. Installation completed, Windows XP boots, but Windows 7 won't. From the moment I press the power button ...
0
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1answer
30 views

trying to install 3 HDD

so I am trying to install 2 extra HDD drives into a windows XP computer and they install fine and work but when I add the 3rd HDD the CD drive will not show up in the My computer window. so the ...
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1answer
70 views

Computer won't boot, hard drive not recognized

I have a Dell Dimension E310 which has crashed. When I turn it on it gives me two options: F2 (System Setup) F12 (Boot from USB, CD-ROM, Floppy, Hard Drive, NIC) I have a Dell Resource CD and a ...
0
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0answers
21 views

BSOD Windows XP after loading logo

I've been getting BSOD after Windows XP loading logo. Weird thing is if I try to reinstall Windows XP - the installation CD doesn't see the hard drive, but then why is it trying to load into Win XP? ...
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0answers
21 views

Unable to See Partition While Installing Windows XP

Sorry if this has been asked and answered before. I have a 500 GB HDD that had three partitions and am looking to combine into one so I can re-distribute the space and reinstall WinXP and W7 for a ...
4
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5answers
924 views

How to get the Hard Drive serial number

I wanted to get the serial number assigned by Hard disk manufacturer. The serial number is usually printed in the hard disk. Normally to get the serial number, I have to take out the hard disk. Is ...
0
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0answers
99 views

Asus Eee PC does not show BIOS or POST on start up

I have been looking at an older netbook (Asus Eee PC 1005HA) for a friend. It encountered some errors in XP and refuses to boot due to errors in the systemconfig file. This is fine since it's going to ...
0
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0answers
23 views

How to convert MBR disk to GPT disk on Windows XP? [duplicate]

My new harddrive is larger than 2TB, and for some reasons I have to convert it to GPT disk so I can use all the space. How can I convert my WD Red 3TB into GPT disk so I can use all its capacity? I ...
1
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0answers
37 views

The disk is not formatted error

I tried to insert "any" working USB flash drive and Windows XP says: The disk in drive I is not formatted. Do you want to format it now? The flash drives working on other computers, but not here. ...
0
votes
1answer
53 views

Laptop Hard Drive Boot Failure

I have a Dell D600 computer. The hard drive slot is IDE. I have used two drives with the computer, one Hitachi 60 GB (original drive) and the other a WDC Blue 160 GB. I had cloned the 60 GB drive to ...
0
votes
0answers
19 views

Dell XPS 410 running XP Pro - two internal drives - won't boot

My 410 has two internal drives and all of a sudden today, when I tried to boot up as usual, got the error message that Windows couldn't boot because configsys file missing or corrupt. I tried to load ...
0
votes
1answer
66 views

Copied DLL files are all zeros, but correct file size

I used a program called SyncBackFree (CNET 4.5 * rating) to copy a few thousand files from one hard-drive to another hard-drive. All seemed to work okay, and there were no error, and no errors in ...
1
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2answers
309 views

How do I change the partition that Windows 7 boots from (the “system” partition)?

(I've searched around but most cases deal with having two hard drives, not two partitions on one hard drive.) My 1TB hard drive has two partitions: one for Windows XP and one for Windows 7. The ...
0
votes
2answers
2k views

How to change logical partition into primary one?

Currently I have both Windows XP and Windows 7 installed as dual-boot. I've been wanting to remove my XP installation for a long time (was waiting to buy an external HDD to backup the data) to get ...
0
votes
1answer
31 views

Difficulty pinpointing issue on PC that won't boot

I have been trying to troubleshoot an old PC that is being used in a monitoring system at work. Twice now I have been able to start up into Windows but the computer will reboot before it has fully ...
0
votes
1answer
61 views

If I just copy Windows system drive to new HDD — will it work?

If I just copy Windows system drive to new HDD -- will it work? I want to change HDD to faster one. May I just plug new HDD, copy files to it, then unplug old and boot from new? I know how to set ...
0
votes
0answers
25 views

hdd fail, allows format, allows copy

Hello I have a problem with a Fujitsu laptop. Some kid played with it and now the hdd is a wreck. I can't install Windows XP, Windows 7 or Linux. I checked with hiren's boot for bad sector did a ...
0
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0answers
28 views

Why suddenly DOS-type hexadecimal file names?

One of the fairly recent folders on my XP SATA data drive suddenly shows DOS-type hexadecimal file names (i.e., eight characters with three-character extensions) I deleted them and now my Recycle bin ...
1
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0answers
112 views

Drive Mappings Erratically appearing/disappearing - Windows Ent Domain

We are having a very strange issue! Windows 2003/2008 Domain (2003 DCs / 2008 File Servers) Mixed Endpoint Environment - Win XP SP3 / Win7 Ent 1300 Users over several sites within a single domain ...
1
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0answers
104 views

Werster Digital WD20EZRX 2 TB drive not showing in Windows xp but detects in ROM

I have system with Processor: core 2 quad q9650 Motherboard: Intel DG33FB mother Ram: 4GB I have dual operating system Windows Xp pro 32 bit and Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit operating system installed. ...
0
votes
0answers
215 views

Windows 7 doesn't boot when second hard disk is connected

I have two hard disks, one SATA and another IDE. I have windows XP and 7 on the SATA one, and Ubuntu on the IDE. Both of them boot and work, the bios recognizes them. After I installed Windows 7, ...
1
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2answers
83 views

Windows Installation Errors

Since yesterday I have been trying to install Windows on a Laptop I have. It used to have it, but for some reason when I booted up, it wouldn't boot, and it wasn't recognizing the hard drive. I ...
0
votes
1answer
93 views

Boot from img file

So from microsoft home page i have downloaded an .img file containing windows xp. i have burned the img file a DVD-R Disk. besides this i have created an additional drive (called it Win XP) that is ...
0
votes
1answer
68 views

Windows installer assigns C to an existing data partition

I've got a hard disk with only one partition I'd like to keep (NTFS). The drive has held Windows 7, XP and different GNU/Linux distros, and now all partitions have been deleted and only the one I want ...
1
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1answer
49 views

Turned off computer while using recovery partition

I was using the recovery partition on my ASUS computer to reinstall Windows XP and everything was going smoothly until the setup jammed. I waited for like 30 minutes and nothing happened so I pressed ...
0
votes
0answers
14 views

After a “successful” file recovery (with Restorer Ultimate Pro) no files can be opened [duplicate]

A few weeks ago I suddenly had trouble with my PC (Windows XP Prof), it didn't start and said "A Disk Read Error Occured. Press CTRL+ALT+DEL to restart". I tried a lot of things to overcome this but ...
0
votes
1answer
224 views

Windows XP - Unmountable Boot Volume, No CD - wipe hard drive and reinstall Windows XP?

I have a computer running Windows XP SP3 that I recently changed some settings on. When I rebooted I received a keyboard error, so I pressed F1 to proceed and tried to boot into safe mode. ...
0
votes
0answers
33 views

Win 7 not reading all files from XP HDs

I loaded windows 7 - 64 on a new ssd, fresh install (C: drive). I then added 3 HDs from my old XP, SP3 - 32bit (new drive letters F:, G: and H:) computer as secondary drives. Win 7 opens and runs ...
3
votes
1answer
127 views

Volume on my HDD accessible, but files inaccessible

I'm facing weird problem with one of the volumes on my hard disk. Volume D: is showing 0 bytes in properties, whereas I am able to enter the drive and folders but not able to access the files. ...
0
votes
3answers
1k views

Do you need special permissions to access an old internal HDD from another computer?

I was trying to copy files from a friend's damaged laptop. The hard drive still works, so I simply put the hard drive into a 2.5mm enclosure and connected it to my laptop via USB. The drivers ...
0
votes
2answers
110 views

How to install Windows XP on acer

I have an Acer laptop core i3. When I try to install Windows XP on my computer, the installation does not complete and a blue screen is displayed with the follwing statement: Check for viruses on ...
0
votes
2answers
51 views

disk full on WinXp Home keeps users from logging into accounts

PC ran out of HDD space and now users can't log into accounts. Took drive out and put it in another PC to free up space (7.8 GB free of 80GB) Put drive back in original PC. Boots up, Windows log in ...
0
votes
1answer
1k views

How to Install Windows XP to wiped out HDD without MBR?

I was using my old laptop with SSD as a primary drive. After buying the SSD I formatted the HDD for storing just personal data, so I wiped it out (OS, MBR etc. - everything). Now I moved the SSD to ...
0
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3answers
224 views

Using ext4 hard drive on Windows XP Pro machine?

Have an old laptop with Windows XP Pro and a new one with Linux Mint 13 LTS. I want to transfer my personal files from the old machine to the new one. Firstly I thought using crossover cable but I ...
0
votes
3answers
668 views

Hard drive dying? One CPU core runs at 50% but System Idle Process at 99%

I think I have a hard drive or video card dying in my HTPC. It's a dual core CPU and one processor is almost always at 100% usage, but processes are all nil, System Idle Process is at 99% It's a ...
0
votes
0answers
123 views

XP Pro Repair Install says: “No disk drives found”, but this is NOT the usual driver issue

I've seen hundreds of complaints/questions relating to the fairly common problem of getting the “Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed in your computer” message while trying to install (or ...
1
vote
2answers
247 views

Access denied to write boot record under Windows XP on Award BIOS

I've recently deleted a NTFS partition by mistake. I haven't created a new partition in its space (it's unallocated right now). I tried recovering it using Active@ Partition Recovery software under ...
0
votes
2answers
129 views

After upgrading to Windows 8, hard disk sporadically does not work; what's wrong?

I dont know whether I can ask this question here or not. Please consider this if it not a proper place. Here is my problem, I was using Windows XP previously and I changed it with Windows 8. After ...
0
votes
2answers
2k views

How can I completely transfer my Windows XP installation to a new hard drive? [duplicate]

I have a PC with Windows XP SP3. It has a 320GB hard drive. Disk Management shows 2 partitions: C:\, Windows XP, 74.52GB D:\, Files, 223.56GB I need to transfer just the C:\ to a new hard drive I ...
0
votes
2answers
56 views

Barbarism: WinXP Drive Transplanted to Win7 Hardware

I am contemplating doing something barbaric. A computer, with obsolete / discontinued software that requires a Windows XP 32 bit environment, lost it motherboard. As a short term fix a Windows 7 64 ...
5
votes
7answers
645 views

Windows XP keeps writing on disk (clock ticking)

From time to time, Windows XP (on laptop Dell Latitude D530) goes into strange mode - it writes (or reads?) from disk in 1 sec intervals without apparent reason. It is just short HDD reads/writes, but ...
1
vote
2answers
315 views

Too many fragmented files, also getting memory dumping message, and getting stuck of my machine. what should I do to fix all these

My laptop is bit old now. It has an IDE HDD and I am using windows XP. From time to time, I get memory dumping message. and also when I am working, from time to time, the machine gets stuck and I need ...
0
votes
0answers
31 views

Boot Windows without pressing F10 [duplicate]

I have a Samsung Core i3 laptop. When I wanted to change my Windows I could not find the CD-ROM in the list that you get when you press F10. I saw the Instructions from this question: How do I boot ...
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votes
1answer
1k views

How can I make my laptop boot automatically from the hard drive without having to press F10 each time?

I followed the instructions in this answer to How do I boot my Samsung laptop from a CD/DVD? Once I installed Windows I found that I have to press F10 to select the hard drive every single time to ...
0
votes
0answers
46 views

I don't see the option to save the partition table

The issue is this: Undo the CLEAN command on the portable hdd : DISKPART Unfortunately, at step number 10, I don't see the option to save the partition table. But there are options for: Deeper ...