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Q: winxp change hard drive

I just bought this comp. I ' pretty sure it has a 20gig hard drive. I want to put in my old one with 80Gig Can some one help? Oh, yeah, Its a dell gx400 W/1.7 cpu.
By the way happy holidays to all!!!

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A:How to Reformat my Hard-drive and install WinXP Pro again? I am currently using WinXP

Hello and welcome to Techspot.

First go into Bios and find the boot menu make sure it is set to boot from Floppy first(if you have a floppy drive) then your cd rom then your Hard drive.

Put your windows Cd in your cd drive and save and exit from Bios.

1. Start your computer from the Windows XP CD-ROM. To do this, insert the Windows XP CD-ROM into your CD drive or DVD drive, and then restart your computer.
2. When you see the "Press any key to boot from CD" message, press any key to start the computer from the Windows XP CD-ROM.
3. At the Welcome to Setup screen, press ENTER to start Windows XP Setup.
4. Read the End-User License Agreement, and then press F8.
5. Follow the instructions on the screen to select and format a partition where you want to install Windows XP.
6. Follow the instructions on the screen to complete Windows XP Setup.

Please note that during setup your computer will reboot. When it does you will be asked to press any key to boot from cd DO NOT press anything otherwise it will just start the setup again from scratch.

Regards Howard :wave: :wave:
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I don't think anyone could make sense of what you said if I can't.


You have a messed up IDE hard drive.

It is from a computer.

You want to reformat and reinstall XP.

That I understand.

THEN, you start taliking about some external hard drive - ???

What make and model of computer do you have?

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Has the drive been Partitioned and Formatted? Did you use the WD utilities disk?
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A:formating a ntsf hard drive with winxp

It seems that Windows still believes that HDD# 1 is still in operation .click Start >control panel >Administrative tools >Computer mgmt.>disk mgmt. Check to see if and how HDD#1 and HDD#2 are configured. If you have nothing on HDD1 Logical drive you Should be able to delete it and go back and format HDD 2 and proceed with 98 cd install & then XP install. For good insight on partioning i suggest you look at your options at For install info go to Hope this helps let is know by posting back.
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Hi IT dummy and welcome to TSF !

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A:External Hard Drive - Drive Letter changed - unable to change back


Welcome aboard.

Try this:

Download V 0.8.1 from

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

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Disk Pie
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Hello & welcome to TSF,

I have seen this befor when one of my friends installed Ubuntu on his system

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Hello jpegman

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

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A:Hard Drive change/password problem

Into safe mode and login as Administrator and then change the user functions on that drive
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Hey guys, I recently recieved a new External hard drive. The other day, I changed the icon on it, no problem. I've done it millions of times. Then last night, I formatted the drive because I wanted to get rid of this annoying virtual drive that would also come up when I plugged it in. So, I formatted it and now it seems I can not change the icon. I do all the autorun.inf etc. Here's a screenshot

Also you can see my other drive icons are gone. Ive reset the icon db before and no other icons have this problem but im not sure if I need to reset it again to get the rest back.

But my external hd is top priorite.

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,
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Do you know of any way that I could change the size of my hard drive partitions so that I can add more space to my C:drive and decrease the space of my F:drive?

I appreciate your help.

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.

another option is to uninstall some software and reinstall on F:\ or whichever partition has the empty space.

there could be alot of trash on the C:\ drive as well. i use this program to view what folders are using the most space and very often you'll find user created files, that can be deleted, sitting on the HD.
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Under Windows Explorer 'Computer' all of the my drives and storage devices are listed. I am trying to change the icon associated with my esata external hard drive. Anyone know how to do this?

A:How to change the Icon for my external hard drive

hi jonych, and welcome to sevenforums,

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

Hope this helps,
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A:Can you change the letter assigned to a hard drive ?

Right-click My Computer, Manage, Disk Management. Right-click the drive you want to change. You just can't change the system drive letter..
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Sometimes i will have the correct amount which should be something like 123gb free, but sometimes i turn it on and check and i only have 4gb or so free? could something have become dissconnected or something like that? the pc itself works fine but it just seems to crash when i am either trying to load too much at once, or most of the time this occurs when i am unplugging my wireless adapter, or even repairing the connection which does close quite regularly.

Any ideas?


A:hard drive keeps change free space!!!

Hi please run chkdsk /f
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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
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Any ideas?

A:Hard Drive changes to PIO Mode 4 - can't change back to DMA

It should not be any slower on PIO 4 than it is on any DMA setting, they are capped at the same rate.

Ultra DMA would be different, doubling the transfer rate.

Could you help us out by:
1. Filling out your system specifications entirely?
2. Telling us if you were doing anything when this happened?
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How can I fix this?


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.
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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
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really what I want is to boot into the vista setup. I can get data files but want to see a program setting for access to internet (if that's possible), and that requires opening the program on vista, not the win7.


A:change hard drive boot order??

Quote: Originally Posted by msongs


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.

really what I want is to boot into the vista setup. I can get data files but want to see a program setting for access to internet (if that's possible), and that requires opening the program on vista, not the win7.


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++
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I've tried going into "Properties > Customise > Choose File" to "Choose a file to show on this folder icon" however doing this doesn't change the icon at all.

I've also downloaded a program called "My Drive Icon" which is supposed to change the icon, however this didn't work either.

Can anyone help?

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The computer is a Lenovo C260 All-in-One.

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.
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A:How can I change which internal hard drive runs windows 7?

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.
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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.

I have googled what seems to be everything and tried a range of options including-
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-using cmd.exe option to look at storage device and next to read only it said no
-registry files - found some instructions to change read only in storage device options, but there was no storage device options, there was storage, but no option to remove read only
-i have also ensured that i have enough permissions etc..

Some details about my computer are-

Asus F5
Windows Vista
AMD Athlon X2 64 (not sure if this is relevant?)

Would really appreciate some advice if anyone can help me?


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..
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I have two 1TB drives, each containing 4 partitions, used for backing up 4 computers. These drives are regularly switched between buildings as part of our backup strategy, always having one off-site. I have assigned drive letters M,N,O,P to respective partitions. When I swap the drives, the drive letters get reset and have to be manually reassigned. I have tried several suggested methods of assigning the drive letters, including USBDM, but get no results.

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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.

The only way around it is to let Windows assign the letters automatically but that may not work on multiple systems if each of those system have different number of HDDs, Partition on the HDD and or different number of CD/DVD drives install in the systems.
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I'm attaching a pic in case I'm not clear about what I mean. I have a very simple black and white theme going on and the light blue bar just kind of messes it up for me. Is this possible with a registry edit or file replacement? Possibly a setting I've missed? Any and all help is appreciated, thanks.

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.