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Hard drive change

Q: Hard drive change

I have just attempted to swap a hard drive from my dell to a compaq that someone gave me. When I power on the computer that the hard drive is in I get a blank screen. Did I do something wrong? Please help.

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A: Hard drive change

Hi wcheard,

Welcome to Techspot!
Sometimes when you swap a hard drive over to another PC it doesnt like the hardware change.



Try the following:
Remove the HDD from the Compaq and re-boot the pc. Even though the HDD is missing you should still get a picture on the screen.
If you DONT get a picture with the HDD removed the the Compaq either has a) a faulty mobo OR b) there may a problem with the graphics card. This all dpeends if you have a graphics card installed or if you are using onboard VGA.

Hope this helps

James

http://www.techspot.com/community/topics/hard-drive-change.156920/
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A:External Hard Drive - Drive Letter changed - unable to change back

Hi PAMDILL,

Welcome aboard.

Try this:

Download drivecleanup.zip V 0.8.1 from

Drive Tools for Windows

Unzip to a folder. In it you will have two folders Win32 and x64, each containing DriveCleanup.exe for Windows 32bit and 64 bit respectively.

Now unplug all the USB devices from your PC (except of course the Keyboard and mouse), right click on the appropriate DriveCleanup.exe for your system and run it as an administrator.

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Reboot and then plug-in your external drive.

The drive will be installed and hopefully you should be able to assign any free drive letter to it.

Please report whether it resolved your problem.

http://www.sevenforums.com/hardware-devices/248054-external-hard-drive-drive-letter-changed-unable-change-back.html
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A:Change back up files from D Partitioned Drive to External Hard Drive?

Hi Matthew -

You don't need to partition the HD to keep your different backups on it.

The WindowsImageBackup file needs to be named only that and in the root of the external to reimage from the booted DVD or Repair CD, however you can click on it to see which PC it is for.

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A:External Hard Drive (F) Drive Letter changed to G - Can't change back

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Hi KiityCancer,

What you say makes perfect sense. So, if a restart changed the drive letter to I, then H won't be there. Why not just leave it at I or is there more to this story...

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A:Hard Drive Change

Set the 80GB as the C drive and the old 40GB as the E drive. Are these drives IDE or SATA drives? IDE drives have Master/Slave/ CS (Cable Select) physical jumpers and SATA drives do not have these jumpers
 

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A:Change hard drive and need help

i think you need to go into your bios and change it to boot of you new drive

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A:Change Hard Drive

hi gmansa, a lot of members on here have had success using macrium reflect Macrium Reflect Backup and Hard Disk Imaging for Windows 7, Vista, XP and Server 2003/2008 or you could use a disc imaging software like acronis true image

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A:change system hard drive

Welcome to the forum, I don't know enough to help but I did notice from your screenshot that you have 2 Active partitions so perhaps that is the problem. Wait until one of the experts comes along to help I just wanted to welcome you and point out my observation.

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A:Change Hard Drive Letter

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A:How do I change to a cloned hard drive?

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A:Change the Hard Drive Letters

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A:Change of Hard Drive and re-installation

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A:Change default hard drive

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https://forums.techguy.org/threads/can-you-change-the-letter-assigned-to-a-hard-drive.363622/
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A:hard drive keeps change free space!!!

Hi please run chkdsk /f http://support.microsoft.com/kb/315265

http://www.techsupportforum.com/forums/f10/hard-drive-keeps-change-free-space-541148.html
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A:External Hard Drive Read Only, is there a way to change that?

Create a bootable pendrive with Lucid Puppy on it, boot from it and check whether you can access and retrieve your files from the external HDD.

Lucid Puppy way to recover files from a non-bootable computer

http://www.sevenforums.com/hardware-devices/233141-external-hard-drive-read-only-there-way-change.html
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I tried to find it under the I: drive, but it cannot find an I: drive.

Is there any way I can change it back to my I: drive? Will I be able to get my backup files back?

Thanks in advance.

A:How do I change the location of my external hard drive from H: to I:

Hello Wolf, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Yes, the tutorial below can help show you how to change the drive letter back to I.

http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...ndows-7-a.html

Hope this helps,
Shawn

http://www.sevenforums.com/general-discussion/249841-how-do-i-change-location-my-external-hard-drive-h-i.html
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hi jonych, and welcome to sevenforums,

check out this thread: How to change icon for external storage

http://www.sevenforums.com/hardware-devices/162085-how-change-icon-my-external-hard-drive.html
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http://jarrodjs.rumkin.com/comp.jpg

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Thanks!!!

A:Change External Hard Drive Icons

Hello Jarrod, and welcome to Vista Forums.

You might see if deleting the desktop.ini files and seeing if one of the methods in the tutorial below will allow you to change the drive icon to what you want instead.

Drive Icon Change

Hope this helps,
Shawn

http://www.vistax64.com/general-discussion/269678-change-external-hard-drive-icons.html
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A:how can i change the file system of a hard drive.

This one may help you : How to Format Partition with partition magic? Partition Wizard Help

http://www.sevenforums.com/general-discussion/234252-how-can-i-change-file-system-hard-drive.html
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A:Ghosted Hard Drive (How to change back to C:)

If you are running XP go to computer management - disk management and you can reassign drive letters there by right clicking on the drive you want to reassign. You may have to do some moving of drive letters to get everything back to where you want it/or it shoulod be.
 

https://forums.techguy.org/threads/ghosted-hard-drive-how-to-change-back-to-c.414660/
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A:change the hard drive on the Pavillion 15-r012na.

Hi, Have you removed the screws and covers hidden under the rear rubber feet - see Page 61/62 of your Maintenance & Service Guide. The procedure for removing/replacing the HDD starts on Page 67. Regards, DP-K

http://h30434.www3.hp.com/t5/Notebook-Hardware-and-Upgrade-Questions/change-the-hard-drive-on-the-Pavillion-15-r012na/td-p/5647082
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Many thanks

http://www.vistax64.com/general-discussion/298595-cant-change-icon-new-external-hard-drive.html
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A:How do I change the size of my hard drive partitions

you could use partition magic to resize the drives. this is a trial version, but i cannot see what, if any, limitations it has. it is always very wise to back up data before you mess around with the partition sizes. i have used partition magic a good few times and never had a problem with it.

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http://www.techsupportforum.com/forums/f10/how-do-i-change-the-size-of-my-hard-drive-partitions-101096.html
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A:change hard drive boot order??

  
Quote: Originally Posted by msongs


hello,

I have win7 on the HD that boots up now. I also have another HD with the old vista set up. How can I change the bios so the vista HD will boot? tried a few things in bios but nothing changed. have sata system. the vista hd is listed as slave.

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Msongs


Hi and welcome.

You can use bcdedit to set up a dual boot. instruction here BCDEDIT - How to Use

Just leave both plugged in and set up the two OS's

Kenn J++

http://www.sevenforums.com/hardware-devices/42136-change-hard-drive-boot-order.html
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A:Hard Drive Capacity Meter Color Change

Welcome to the Seven Forums

Yes that is possible to change that is just a image.

To help you out I need to know if you are using a third-party custom theme or the default Aero theme, I need to know this so I can give you the right image number.

If it is a third-party custom theme post a link to it.

Jerry

http://www.sevenforums.com/customization/277330-hard-drive-capacity-meter-color-change.html
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Hi

See this article: How to restore the system/boot drive letter in Windows

http://www.techsupportforum.com/forums/f10/how-to-change-the-main-hard-drive-letter-back-to-c-602838.html
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Hi and welcome to SevenForums.

I'm not sure I understand. These two internal hard disks are in another computer? What operating system is running on this other computer?

Be aware that you can't transfer the MSI Windows installation to another computer for two reasons:

1. It probably won't run.
2. Microsoft does not allow transfer of OEM licenses between computers.

Also, please fill out your system specs completely, so that we can help you better.

http://www.sevenforums.com/general-discussion/384782-how-can-i-change-internal-hard-drive-runs-windows-7-a.html
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A:External hard drive changed. Won't change back

Hello Jassie, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Go ahead and delete the \DosDevices\L: Binary vaule to see if the drive will be seen as K after restarting the computer.

If not, then see if you may be able to use OPTION TWO or OPTION THREE in the tutorial below to change it back to K.

http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...ndows-7-a.html

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http://www.sevenforums.com/hardware-devices/295215-external-hard-drive-changed-wont-change-back.html
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A:Drive letters change when swapping hard drives

Right you are using 2 different drives. Manually Assigning letter to one of them Restrict those letter from being used on the other. When you switch them out the letters have to be manually assigned again. That is how it is suppose to be. Windows Remembers each Drive serial # and or some other drive parameter and sees them as different drives, which they are.

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http://www.sevenforums.com/hardware-devices/255829-drive-letters-change-when-swapping-hard-drives.html
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Hi


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thanks


Daniel

A:Change a Dynamic/Invalid Hard drive to Valid

  
Quote: Originally Posted by daniellouwrens


Hi


I have new PC and when I attach my 2TB external USB attached hard drive it does not show up in explorer, it does show in Disk Manager where it says it is Dynamic and Invalid.

How do I make it Valid?

This Hard Drive works fine on another PC, both with Windows 7


thanks


Daniel


Could you post a screenshot of the Disk Management. Here is a tutorial on how if you are not familiar. Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums

http://www.sevenforums.com/hardware-devices/262749-change-dynamic-invalid-hard-drive-valid.html
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A:How do I change the hard drive without losing the Windows install.

Hi, as the drive is faulty, unless you have already have created an image of your drive (which we very strongly recommend e.g. Macrium Reflect (free)), you will need to reinstall Windows.

Normally replacing a drive - even other parts- does not cause an activation issue. If it does, contact your regional MS activation support line.

http://www.tenforums.com/installation-setup/69781-how-do-i-change-hard-drive-without-losing-windows-install.html
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A:HP ENVY m6-w102dx x360 Change hard drive to SSD

Hi, To replace your HDD, you need the 2.5", 7mm SSD. The M.2 one won't fit. Regards.

http://h30434.www3.hp.com/t5/Notebook-Hardware-and-Upgrade-Questions/HP-ENVY-m6-w102dx-x360-Change-hard-drive-to-SSD/td-p/5267238
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A:Hard drive change and reinstall, will Win7 reactivcate?

Welcome to Seven Forums

No, Windows 7 won`t self activate.

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http://www.sevenforums.com/installation-setup/396732-hard-drive-change-reinstall-will-win7-reactivcate.html
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I was recently copying a heap of files to my new HP Simple Save external hard drive and all of a sudden it wouldn't let me, saying that it was read only.

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-i have also ensured that i have enough permissions etc..

Some details about my computer are-

Asus F5
Windows Vista
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Would really appreciate some advice if anyone can help me?

Cheers
 

A:HP External Hard drive - files are all read only and I can't change it

From what I have heard about those drives, it is a problem with the proprietary setup of the drive. It is classic HP stupidity. The drive is coupled with junkware, which eventually fails to work properly.

I know it sucks, but I would backup everything off that drive. Uninstall all the HP software and drivers related to it. Then go into the Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Administrative Tools\Computer Management\Storage. Kill all the partitions on the drive, setup a new one, reformat, and use it without all the HP junk.

After that, make sure to setup proper permissions on the new volume, and re-copy everything back. If you do not need NTFS security, then format it with exFat.

There should be a law against junkware..
 

https://forums.techguy.org/threads/hp-external-hard-drive-files-are-all-read-only-and-i-cant-change-it.950849/
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A:(Solved) How to change the Hard drive Icon in Winxp?

Right-click an empty space on the desktop

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Click Customize Desktop, click the General tab

Click the My Computer icon, then Browse for the replacement icon you want

Ffollow the rest of the prompts until the icon is opened, loaded and Applied.
 

https://forums.techguy.org/threads/solved-how-to-change-the-hard-drive-icon-in-winxp.208797/
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A:External Hard Drive name and icon doesn't change

Hello Paxnominus,

For Windows 7, you might use these tutorials instead.Drive Icon - Change

and

Drive - Rename
Double check the item in the yellow TIP box at the top of the tutorial to see if you may have a autorun.inf file on the root of the external drive that needs to be deleted.

If Option One did not work, then be sure to also try Option Two as well.


Hope this helps,
Shawn

http://www.sevenforums.com/hardware-devices/105671-external-hard-drive-name-icon-doesnt-change.html
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A:Equium L40 - Can I Change Hard Drive Mode from SATA to AHCI?

I don?t have this notebook model but usually SATA controller mode options in BIOS are either AHCI or compatibility.
I presume it is set to AHCI.

Your notebook has SATA HDD so I don?t understand why do you want to change anything. Using AHCI mode HDD can run with ?full speed?.

https://forum.toshiba.eu/showthread.php?68581-Equium-L40-Can-I-Change-Hard-Drive-Mode-from-SATA-to-AHCI
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A:How to manually change hard drive and restore my copy of Windows 7

Well completely filling in your specs would help. Asus make many laptops. I must say I didn't know they made one with two hard drives inside them.

http://www.sevenforums.com/backup-restore/280913-how-manually-change-hard-drive-restore-my-copy-windows-7-a.html
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A:Cannot browse entire hard drive to change user account pic

Hello Frustrated, and welcome to Eight Forums.

If you like, add that folder to your Pictures library. It should then be available to browse to and select.

Library - Add a Folder to in Windows 8

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Hope this helps,
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http://www.eightforums.com/user-accounts-family-safety/45463-cannot-browse-entire-hard-drive-change-user-account-pic.html
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The newer WD, 2 TB, is NTFS, so sometimes I have to use this drive for the larger files that would ordinarily go onto the older drive, based on how I organize my data.

Is there any way to change the older drive from FAT32 to NTFS???? (That is, a solution that "even I" can understand????)

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cashcqshel

A:[SOLVED] How to change external hard drive file system from FAT32 to NTFS????

You can use the command line tool "convert" to convert a FAT32 volume to NTFS. Example:

convert X: /FS:NTFS

NOTE: This operation is not without risk. Be sure you have a backup of all important files before proceeding. Of course you should have this anyway. Usually the command works without incident but it can fail, leaving the volume in an undefined state. It is a good idea to check the drive with the chkdsk command before proceeding. Do not do this on a drive whose reliability is in question.

Also be aware that the command is non-reversible. Microsoft provides no tools to convert NTFS to FAT32.

http://www.techsupportforum.com/forums/f217/solved-how-to-change-external-hard-drive-file-system-from-fat32-to-ntfs-601183.html
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A:Moved files to external hard drive but no change in laptop disk size

Dumb question, did you delete the files off C ?

http://www.sevenforums.com/general-discussion/362836-moved-files-external-hard-drive-but-no-change-laptop-disk-size.html
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A:after change to SATA AHCI mode in BIOS, the main boot hard drive shows as removable

There is nothing to fix, SATA drives are hot pluggable so that is all perfectly normal.
 

https://forums.techguy.org/threads/after-change-to-sata-ahci-mode-in-bios-the-main-boot-hard-drive-shows-as-removable.1035439/
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A:Can't change hard drive letter to needed letter

Hello Stevie,

To be safe, you should create a restore point before doing this in case you make a mistake and need to use it to do a system restore.

http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...ndows-7-a.html

1. If the K letter is not being used by another internal drive, then you can open regedit and navigate to:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\MountedDevices
2. In the left pane, Take ownership (step 2 in Option Two of METHOD TWO) of the registry key MountedDevices and "Allow" yourself "Full Control" of it as well.

3. In the right pane of MountedDevices, right click on \DosDevices\K: and click on Delete and OK.

4. Restart the computer to apply. You should now be able to change the second hard drive letter to K.



Hope this helps,
Shawn

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I've used ZAR to recover files from a RAID box that seemed to have been corrupted due to a bad power supply.

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They have a forum that is monitored quite often, from the developer too.

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Hi
This is what I would do to enhance performance and storage strategy:

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Hello, and Welcome
 
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im stuck and i dont know what else to try . anyone had this problem before .?

Thanks for any help .
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When you say "Windows disk". Can you give a little better description of just what\where the warning message is coming from?

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Hi there

1) download something like FREE macrium and boot it up.
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Cheers
jimbo

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