I cannot format my old hard drive to remove unwanted software from it. The
chap who fitted the new hard drive converted the old one to NTFS but even he
could not get the drive to accept format and be wiped clean. It is annoying
as the software is only a partial installation of some old Symantec Norton
System Works files.
Hope you guys and gals can help, cheers, Peter. (I run XP SP2 from a clean
install).Do a low level format on it..
... said it could not find the drivers and
failed install. So I rebooted and I got the same message that it found the
drive again. So basically it is not finishing the install of the drive.
A. I upgraded the firmware of the pc.
B. I upgraded the ATA controller drivers.
C. This is a DELL Machine.
D. I know that hard drives do not need drivers, windows handles that.
E. The old drive works fine and is in Device manager. Just too small.
Any clue??? Any KB's you know about. Any problems with Barrcuda 160gb's and
DELL you know about... Thanks in advance!Is this a IDE or SATA Hard Drive? Are you using WinXP with SP2? Bios
Update? Does WinXP load up Ok on the
new drive except for the New Hardware Wizard?A. IDE
B. Win XP SP2
C. Yes it loads ok except for New hardware wizard ...
The other day, I was using the computer and this bubble popped up and
said "your E: hard drive is full." It's 100 GB, so I knew that couldn't
be right. That partition doesn't have any stored documents, I just put
windows xp on there, then had the documents on another partition.
Anyway, I went to My Computer, clicked on "E: drive" and sure enough,
it was full. So I wondered "what's filling up this drive?"
To get extra space right away, I used the Disk Cleanup to get rid of
Temp Files. But that only cleared out a few GB.
I used the search bar to find files over 10 Gb, and the only file I
found was USB001. I looked at it, and it was 82.5 GB.
This morning, I booted it up, and USB001 had expanded, and the E: had
absolutely no room left. It ...
... and assign it a letter D, for ex., but I heard I can do it a much
easier way than having to take it out of my PC. Now this hard drive is all
one letter, C drive, and is all one primary drive. This hard drive has the
operating system on it also. That's where I'm running into the problem. When
I alternate click the drive, a message comes up saying there is essential
data for Windows and you cannot format it, or something to that nature of a
message. Like I said, someone told me that I didn't need to take out the hard
drive and put it into another PC as a back-up hard drive. Anotherwords, I
could format it and leave it right where it is now, even with the OS
running Windows XP right now. I'd like to know how to go about doing it.
Help would be greatly apprecitated ...
When I was upgrading IE, something went wrong and messed up Windows. I
re-installed Windows, and everything works fine except for my slave hard
drive. When I try to access the hard drive, a message pops up saying the
disk is not formatted, do you want to format now?
I DO NOT WANT TO FORMAT.
How do I make it so that I can access the content I already have on the
drive. I do not want to format as there are files on there that I want to
Thanks for your help.You will probably be able to see the drive from Recovery Console. From there
you can do a
where D: is the drive letter.
Booting to the XP setup CD and choosing 'install' gives tu a prompt for
"Press 'R' for repair", which puts you at the recovery console ...
When i load my computer it asks me to choose which operating system i would
like to load, both are Windows XP, and in My Computer it shows i have 2 hard
drives but i have only got one actual hard drive. I need to get rid of one of
the hard drives that shows in My Computer and stop the computer asking me
which operating system i want to load. Anybody know what the problem is?disk management console? Sorry, not a clue, but i did formet the hard drive
recently and i think i did set up a partition. was that right?
... to two partitions of 40Gb, but it still won't help you reimage from the
startup set. Thus reduction of disk size may be a waste of time, plus add in
unnecessary RISK of ruining any exisiting files on the single partitioned
Norton Ghost 9.0 takes forward step by allowing one to create byte-by-byte
hard disk backups [and recovery?] without rebooting their PC or leaving
Windows. Ghost 9.0 now lets you make a duplicate "image" of your hard drive's
contents--copying all the files, programs, and settings--by incorporating
technology from Drive Image, which is a result of Symantec buying PowerQuest.
It manages USB and SATA drives, I'm quite sure of that.
I would have a quick word with Symantec Tech support and check with them if
Frequently when I am running programs, my hard drive will appear to stop
working. For example when I run ad-aware, it will run for a while and then
it will seem to hang. I notice similar things when I run disk scans,
defrags, and other times as well. I am working with a laptop, but the power
settings are set to not shut off hard drives. I have also had problems with
installing service pack 2 because it will have trouble accessing certain
files. I am wondering if my hard drive is failing. Is there a way I can
WadeOften the hd manu.web site will have a free hd checking utility.
my unkle gave me his 95 lap top i put windows XP on the hard drive but now when i turn it on the computer just sits there on the manufacurers splash screen. i was wandering if the CPU and main bord was compatible with windows XP because it was a 95.Unfortunately, your hardware may be inadequate to install ... com/windowsxp/pro/howtobuy/upgrading/advisor.asp
How to Uninstall Windows XP and Revert to a Previous Operating System
How to Use the Fdisk Tool and the Format Tool to Partition or Repartition a Hard
1. Delete the Windows XP partition.
2. Create a new partition.
3. Format the new partition FAT32.
4. Install your desired Windows Operating System.
Excuse me, where can I get the patch to remove the 137gig hard drive
limit??? using xp home and have a WD 250 gig "D" Drive
jonIs it perhaps a limitation placed on the very much castrated XP version for
I'd partition the drive, myself or since you seem to be able to afford such
a monster drive, spend a bit more and get a non castrated XP Pro.
... tools, Partition Magic, and Norton Ghost. It is not
recognized by Windows Explorer. How can I get Windows Explorer to list the
second drive when I click My Computer ?The hard drive is formatted and partitioned. Norton Ghost wrote to the drive. What else do you suggest ?Hi David,I deleted the two partitions on the second drive, recreated the partitions, and formatted them again. I rescanned for the disks. Thye only place where the second disk is not seen is in Windows Explorer. Norton Ghost backed up my C:| drive to one of the partions. Any other ideas ?Hi,
What did you use to delete and recreate partitions? Often, third party
partitioning utilities cause this sort of problem.I used Windows XP disk management tools. I am going back to basics tomorrow and physically remove the ...
the chances of being able to move the files onto it then
removing it and trying to repair or reinstalling XP???"
Installing the new hard drive, doing a clean XP install
along with SP2 then putting in the old hard drive and
copying the files onto the new one?
The bottom line is I know I screwed up letting in the crap
that infected the computer but now need to fix it and I'm
pretty sure there is no "easy" fix?
Note: All of my system restore points are gone also!
Thanks for anything you can do for me,
Dennisthis will work:
My question is "if I install a second hard drive what's
the chances of being able to move the files onto it then
removing it and trying to repair or reinstalling XP???"
this too ...
... as to what is eating at my
memory? i delete programs and free up space but it disappears the next day or
within hours. if i cant find the probelm then i will have to reformat my
computer.Are you losing memory or hard drive space? They are two different things.
***Have you tried running the disk cleanup tool in Accessories->System
tools?You need to do as GreenieL suggested plus run anti-virus and spyware scans
in Safe Mode. You can delete all but the most recent System Restore points
and reduce the amount of space allocated for Restore points. Take a look in
Task Manager for any unusual processes that are running at a high percent
rate. Post back and let us know.Yeah im going to do all of that stuff and keep you posted tomorrow to see
what happens thanks for all your help ...
Is there a way to repair the Hard Drive icon for one of my partitions?
Check your root directory for an autorun.inf. If found, delete it.
ALTHOUGH I HAVE <<<GROAN>>> TO LOVE THE MANY MANY MANY HOURS I SPEND HERE AT MS RE-DOWNLOADING THE SAME SERVICE PACKS AND UPDRADES
I must ask.. what must I buy ? ..what must I spend ?..Who Must I Kill..? To make C drive on an Emachine T2895 back up to a removeable media in between hard drive crashes.Ghost or Drive Image are a couple of options.
You can find the links to Symantec below.
Or you can google for [backup to removable media] or [backup to cd] without
... until I could not access it at all(over a few days).
Western Digital sent me a new Drive. I also put in a new HighSpeed IDE
cable. I put the new Hard Drive in and it worked fine for a few months.
The same thing is happening again. Now, they are sending me another Hard
Drive. Is there anything else that could cause this trouble? When the Hard
Drive disappears, it takes out the slave DVD Rom. When I take the Hard
Drive off the IDE cable, the DVD Rom reappears. I have a 300Watt power
supply, in which the voltage has measured ok. The temperature of 2nd drive
is some higher than that of Hard Drive (C). If it is a power supply
problem, then why does it not affect Drive (C)? Western Digital has not
Hesitated to send replacements. Is anyone aware of similar problems and
i'll try anything.
i just built a new computer, with a deskstar 250gb hard drive. i've been
trying to install xp pro on it, but it only reads the drive as 32280 MB. i
tried everything i could think of, i checked the bios, i flashed the bios,
everything, but it still only reads it as 32280 MB.
anyone know what's going on or how to fix it?
-tylerIt sounds as if you're trying to format the drive as FAT32.
Windows XP cannot format a FAT32 drive greater than 32 GB.
There is no such limit with NTFS. Take a look here for more
Limitations of the FAT32 File System in Windows XP
If that's not the problem, post back with more details about
how you're trying to install XP and ...
After adding over 650 MB of files to hard drive windows is still reporting
100 g of free space.I have a 226 g hard drive with NTFS file system.My OS is
WINXP Media Center Edition 2005.(WIN XP PRO).
Is there a way to fix this problemWhat problem? 650MB is a drop in the bucket to a 250GB hard disk.
... space and I have tried removing
unnecessary programs and freeing up hard drive space but to no avail. Is
there something I can do or should I get someone who knows what they are
doing to help me out. I do download a lot of items and store them which
might account for my lack of space. If anyone can help I would be most
SteveBurn whatever you can on to CDs. music files, pics etc to free up space.
Also run the disk cleanup utility and delete temporary files, internet
files and also empty the recycle bin. Restore points take up space..
delete the older points.
Since u download lots of stuff, its possible that your drive is
fragmented, check disk for errors and run the defrag. Or simply get a
larger drive and be regular with the maintenance. USeful links
with a new one.
Windows XP - Shell/User
Get Windows XP Service Pack 2 with Advanced Security Technologies:
http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/protect/windowsxp/choose.mspxThe hard drive clicks when it is trying to read something durring the boot
sequence. My other Desktop (running a raid array) had the same issue. It
booted up for the first time in several months as I was showing my girlfriend
that my computer acts just like hers. Anyway I assumed that it was not
booting on my computer due to a bad sector on the drive (checkdisk found
several and repaired them after which my computer boot issues began). My
girlfriends computer gave the BSOD while it was idle, rebooted and entered
the BSOD/reboot loop. It only clicks right ...
... back to where they were. I don't
mind being on my second HDD, but I do need access to all the info I had
before. Thanks for any help.Are both hard drives on the same IDE channel? If so, the "first" drive
should be set to master and the "second" drive to slave. You can also set
both to "CS" (cable select) and the order you connect them on the cable will
determine which is master and which is slave. Once these are set up
correctly, you should be able to boot with the first drive and then copy
files off of the second drive. As a routine, I have the BIOS in my systems
set so that the only boot device is my first hard drive which, in my case,
is HDD0. If you did the same, your system could not boot off of your second ...
I had a crash with my hard drive and want to know if I will have any problems
reinstalling XP Home on another hard drive. I have previously upgraded from
98SE and have all the disks and activation codes. Will there be a problem
with microsoft and the activation?There should not be an activation problem.
Insert the XP CD and reboot....be sure to set the CD drive as 1st boot in
During the install it will ask for verification of previous OS at which
point you insert your 98 CD....and away you go.
We assume you have removed the broken HD and replaced it with new one...we
assume you are using IDE drives....
The worst that can happen is you will need to make a phone call for
activation....the # will display
peterThanks for your help!!
windows xp is not starting up..keeps saying boot failure when i tried the xp
disk to reload xp the startup disk couldnt detect any hard drive...what do i
do?!When did this take place,and was xp running ok on the hd.Try physically
moving the hd to another slot on the IDE cable,try opening the BIOS and
see if its detected there.Other than that,booting to xp cd,recovery,press
enter for password,at screen type:DiskPart See if its detected,type:EXIT
to leave recovery,type:HELP For menu options.CHKDSK C: /p Would be a good
cmd to run if it would.
My hard drive crashes when I go onto the internet. What could
possibly be the problem?
please helphard drive crashes....!
sounds pretty serious, but
unlikely. however, you know
So it could be your mft is bloated,
maybe your internet temp folder is set
larger than recommended, or
your modem is going bad or
you have a lot of automatic
updates or tasks or spywares that all are
patiently awaiting for you to
lots of causes but you can run a chkdsk
on the harddrive to correct the file
tables that occur due to harddisk crashes.
... protected my log on screen on my old computer. Now I can find everythng on old hard drive but info that was password protected. I know the password, but do not know where to go to log on in old hard drive. Thanks for the input.There's probably an easier way, but how about putting it back in your old
computer, and removing the password protection. Never tried it, but hey...
on my new computer. I want to access pictures and other files on old hard
drive, but I had password protected my log on screen on my old computer.
Now I can find everythng on old hard drive but info that was password
protected. I know the password, but do not know where to go to log on in
old hard drive. Thanks for the input.Was the old computer XP also?
If so read here..
I am able to run the Recovery Console from the Windows XP CD-ROM,
but when I attempt to run it from the hard drive (after installing
it as described in the docs) it gives me a 'Blue Screen', with
an error message:
STOP: 0x0000007B (0xF898963C, 0xC0000034, 0x00000000, 0x00000000)
This error occurs after the following is seen on the screen:
Starting Recovery Console
(progress bar is displayed across the screen)
Please wait ...
Any help would be appreciated.
have tried there. However, the problems I am having are ONLY with the
Recovery Console from my hard disk, NOT from the Recovery Console on the
CD-ROM, NOR (and I think this is important) from my actual WinXP
installation! I can run Win XP fine, but the Recovery ...
I know that some hard drive manufactures web sites have diagnostic software
for checking out your hard drive. Is this software brand specific or can
any software check any brand drive?brand specific.