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Install or remove a hard disk drive
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Installing a new hard disk is one of the most common upgrade tasks. Its an easy way to extend the life of a computer that is running out of storage space. When you install a new internal or external hard disk, you can boost your total disk space several times over because hard disks are much bigger today than just two or three years ago .
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Cannot Format Hard Disk

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So my hard drive would show in up bios but wouldn't show up in the windows 7 disk selection screen even after loading the drivers numerous times. I tried to format it in my brothers working computer, it said it could not format the disk. I tried to install xp, it recognized the hard disk, but again I couldn't format. I tried to boot the GParted Live and delete/create some partitions, the disk doesn't even find my hard drive.
My question is: Is this a semi-common problem or do I have a faulty hard drive?

Reformat hard drive and install Windows 7 upgrade?

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My Asus notebook came with Vista but Asus offered a free Windows 7 Home Premium upgrade disk. I received the disk and upgraded.

Now, I want to reformat the hard drive so as to delete all data on the hard drive and reinstall Windows 7 using the upgrade disk.

I assume that when I originally installed the Windows 7 upgrade disk that it verified I had Vista installed which entitled the upgrade. If I reformat the hard drive, will I still be able to install the Windows 7 upgrade disk?


Xpmode causing hard disk failure

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I have an hp elitebook laptop that came with a solid state hard drive with 128 gigabytes of space. I installed windows xp mode and it's virtual hard drive kept expanding so I replaced the hard drive with a 256 gigabyte solid state hard drive from Western Digital.

Within a few weeks my hard disk crashed and the virtual hard drive was completely corrupted and I could not extract data from it. I thought the problem might be a virus so I reinstalled windows so that the computer was like new (all my data was erased).

A few months later my hard disk crashed again. I attempted to repair it with the windows DVD but the repair failed.

I removed the hard drive and replaced it with my old 128 gb hard drive and attached the hard drive with a cable to my PC to see if I could salvage any data. A lot if not all of my data was intact but the virtual PC drive was 0 bytes in size.

This makes me suspect that my hard disk crashing was caused by virtual PC. Luckily the second time around I kept as much as possible out of the virtual PC disk but I didn't back up virtual PC as often as I should have. Does anyone have suggestions as to how to restore the virtual hard disk.


Hard disks appear in "safely remove hardware and eject media" on taskbar

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I built a computer using an Intel INTEL-DP35DP motherboard with a Core 2 Duo CPU and two hard disks. I did a new install of Windows 7 on the computer. Everything works fine except for one disturbing glitch.

When I have a USB thumb drive attached and am done with it, I click on the Taskbar Icon to "safely remove hardware and eject media" and not only does the thumb drive appear, but so do the two installed hard disks.

This happens every time I click that icon, even when no thumb drive is attached. The two hard drives also appear in Devices and Printers in the Control panel, as does the DVD drive, which is not normal.

I am afraid I will someday "remove" a hard disk by accident.

New disk drive -cloning one partition of multi-part drive

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I have a generic System 7 64 bit system with a 1 TB SATA drive. It has one hard drive which I have partitioned into 4 partitions, with C: being where I put all the system software. The board has mulitple SATA ports.

Change considered: cloning the C: partition onto a new SSD so that I can get the performance boost of an SSD. There are some heat problems with existing hard drive so I probably need to change it out, so I would also like to clone the D:, E:, and F: partitions to a new hard drive.

I have cloned a single physical drive to another physical drive, and the software (Ghost, so that all I need to do is adjust some partition sizes, and then disconnect the old hard drive and everyting is good. This includes cloning a single hard drive with multiple partitions to being cloned to a new single hard drive with identical numbers of partitions.

Compared to my prior experience, is there something different about cloning one partition only vs cloning the whole drive. My proposed plan is:

1) Install SSD
2) clone C: to SSD only
3) clone D: E: F: of old drive to new drive.
4) remove old drive.


Bootmgr missing when try to install Windows

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I installed a new formatted hard drive in my desktop pc. When I try to install Windows 7 I get error "BOOTMGR missing" and will not install. My install disk definitely has bootmgr on it. I also tried a Windows 7 recovery disk with the same result, bootmgr missing?

This problem happened to me a couple of years ago and I had to work around it by connecting the hard drive to a different PC and manually writing bootmgr to the drive and then putting back into the 1st pc.


Windows 7 instalation problems, hard drive is corrupted

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Windows cannot be installed to disk 0 partition3. (show details) install windows:

Windows cannot be installed to this disk. the disk may fail soon. if other hard disks are available, install windows to another location.

I tried to install it on other partitions but there is the same problem as on the partition 3

What should I do ?


Hard drive failure on preloaded HP laptop - how to obtain copy of os?

Hard drive failure on preloaded HP laptop - how to obtain copy of os? Icon

I have a HP Pavilion dv6 laptop and getting alerts saying the hard drive is failing. I've pushed all my data up to NAS storage and will install a new hard disk but. How can I get a replacement of Windows 7 Home Premium.

With the drive failing, Windows is becoming unstable and I need to do a fresh install on the new drive once it's installed.


Hard Disk Bad Sectors with bsod

Hard Disk Bad Sectors with bsod Icon

I have this hard drive which has some bad sectors although disk is 10 months old. I have tried using chkdsk in windows (for the infected d: drive)to remove the bad sectors but the computer always freezes and gives a blue screen error

A long format also freezes the computer .

So I resort to quick format but the data that I transfer later , some of it gets corrupt!

I heard of ultilities that can eraze entire hard drive and regenerate surface magnetiically but they are as expensive as a new disk.

Is there a utility that can arrange bad sectors to some separate segment so that they are not used in writing operation without freezing my computer midway.


Installing new hardware

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You can install most hardware or mobile devices just by plugging them into your computer. Windows will automatically install the appropriate driver if it's available. If it's not, Windows will prompt you to insert a software disc that may have come with your hardware device.
Learn : Install a USB device; Install a printer; What to do when a device isn't installed properly; Install, view, and manage your devices and printers; Automatically get recommended drivers and updates for your hardware; Install or remove a sound card; Install or remove a hard disk drive; How can I decide which drivers are safe to install?