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Hard drive recovery and re-activate

Q: Hard drive recovery and re-activate

Hello Guys. I really need you guys help. I had been using my portable external drive for about a year. as of today all in the sudden my computer doesn't read it anymore. I tried to go to Disk Management to change the disk path. However it doesn't work. Please help!

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A: Hard drive recovery and re-activate

Confirm the portable hard drive status in Disk Management like RAW, unrecognized etc. please.
Try Recuva from piriform to recover your hard drive data, if its recoverable. Ask for replacement from your manufacturer if its still in warranty period.

HOpe it helps!!a
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I have a removable SSD as my windows drive to boot from. It has issues and I can't change any IP stuff on any of the network adaptors because I can't remove the VMWare Bridge Protocol.
I have ordered a new SSD same brand and size. I plan to pull the old drive out (was upgraded from Win8.1 to Win 10) and pop the new drive in and start fresh. The other drive is there in case it does not work and I can just pop it back in.

Plan to do a fresh install of Win 10. Now the question is will it activate okay and keep the other disk activated as well or will it fail to activate? I want to keep the old drive fully operational till I have everything transferred which may take a while.


A:New Hard Drive. Will it still activate okay

Hi veldthui,

Yes it will activate as the MS servers will recognise your system and know you have previously activated W10 on it. Make sure you skip the activation step during installation of W10 and leave it to do it itself once you have finished.
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Folks I've got I drive? hard How a de-activate do two hard-drives installed in my Vista Ultimate rig The How do I de-activate a hard drive? boot disk is quot C quot EVERYTHING is on it The other hard-disk is quot D quot it is purely a backup disk quot D quot was filled up with old backups I deleted How do I de-activate a hard drive? them all by selecting and deleting the folders Next I tried running backup and restore It goes into a quot searching for backup location quot infinite loop It doesn't recognize that quot D quot is there Hey it used to see and use quot D quot just fine I went into Disk Manager and noticed that quot C quot is quot active quot and quot system quot That seems good quot D quot was quot active quot as well My understanding is that quot D quot cannot be active if I am going to backup TO it I have no idea how quot D quot became an active drive If I make it inactive will it then be a viable backup destination If so how do make the quot D quot drive not active Thanks Ken

A:How do I de-activate a hard drive?

Please open an Elevated Command Prompt, and run the following command


you'll get a new prompt - type


Copy and paste the output to your response.

Here are some instructions to make life easier
1) To open an Elevated Command Prompt Window (the CP window), click on Start, All Programs, Accessories – then right-click on Command Prompt, and select Run as Administrator. Accept the UAC prompt.
2) To run the commands easier, highlight the block of commands, and right-click on the highlight – select Copy. In the CP Windows, click on the black/white icon at top left – select Paste. The commands will run but may not complete the last command, so hit the Enter Key once.
3) To copy the results... click on the Black/White icon in the top left, and select Edit... 'Select All', and hit the Enter key - then use Ctrl+V or r-click+Paste to paste it into your response.
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A:Will Windows 10 Activate If I Replace Hard Drive With New One?

Originally Posted by SeanFilidis


I have an activated copy of Windows 10 running on my system. I am thinking of replacing my old HHD with a new SSD. I would want to do a clean install of Windows 10. My question is if Windows 10 will activate. Will it know its the same computer after I've replaced the disk drive?


Hi there

Usually always. I've never had a problem with windows activation after replacing a HDD. Take backup image from old HDD and restore to new one. Simple - as easy as that.

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A:Will Windows 10 Activate If I Replace Hard Drive With New One?

Originally Posted by SeanFilidis


I have an activated copy of Windows 10 running on my system. I am thinking of replacing my old HHD with a new SSD. I would want to do a clean install of Windows 10. My question is if Windows 10 will activate. Will it know its the same computer after I've replaced the disk drive?


Hi there

Usually always. I've never had a problem with windows activation after replacing a HDD. Take backup image from old HDD and restore to new one. Simple - as easy as that.

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I don't have a registration key as its injected into the bios.. Can support please resolve this? I believe I need to provide you with my service tag?


A:Windows 8.1 won't activate after hard drive swap

Thank you for writing to us.
We would like to know if the Motherboard was replaced on the system ,in case the motherboard was replaced you would have received Key with it.
Kindly provide us with the service tag and email address.
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Does anyone has any experience with Microsoft activation support giving the COA over the phone? If they have a record of the COA on their system and my buddy can prove he owns the laptop and sends them a picture of the COA sticker that is rubbed out......

Its such a dumb idea for these COA stickers to be on the bottom of a laptop where after a few years use the are going to rub off. If Microsoft dont help him out I'm tempted to tell him to install a hooky copy

A:COA sticker rubbed out - need to activate but hard drive is toast

1. If this is a system that was originally installed by the manufacturer, then the key that is in the system is a generic OEM key that is no good for a reinstallation.

2. Microsoft has no track record of the COA keys. Those are different for each PC and specific for that PC. The manufacturer gives that out.

3. Your best option now is to ask the manufacturer of the PC to send you an installation disc. They usually charge $20 for that.

4. A 'hooky' copy is not an option. That will give you nothing but trouble. If #3 is not possible, I would install Linux Mint Mate. That is a fine easy to use system and it is for free.

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A:Formatted hard drive, reinstalled windows 7, can't activate

Welcome to the forums, can you tell the experts where you got your product key from ? Did you format the whole drive including the recovery partitions ?
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A:Moved hard drive and cannot boot; hard drive accessable from Recovery Console

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A:How to use Recovery Media for Windows 8.1 Recovery after Hard Drive Replacement

Hi Spamcop01,
I would suggest you to try booting the system with the recovery discs again so that this time it will boot using the disc. If you’re still facing the same issue the recovery disc may be corrupt. Please send me a private message with the computer's service tag, Name registered during the system purchase and email address so that I can check and assist you further. To send a private message, click on my name and send private message.
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A:Windows 8.1 won't activate after system recovery with Dell Recovery USB

Try to Clean Reinstall Windows 8.1, see here:
Let me know if it activates from a direct Clean Reinstall.
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A:Can you put Recovery Drive D on a flash drive to free up hard drive

To be honest a recovery drive won't give you much space (10 GB or so?). You are better off with a USB external HDD and move your less accessed data to the external.

I wonder what others will say.
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Post a screenshot of Disk Management as described in Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image
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A:Recovery By Hard Drive

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A:Hard Drive Recovery Help!!!!!!!!!!!!

Try recovering the files first. If that doesn't work, try recovering the partition tables.

Free recovery applications:

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A:Hard Drive Recovery

Can't seem to find the "edit post" option now, sorry.
Some additional information that might be important. I've also plugged it into my newer laptop and had the same experience. Also when using the "Safely remove hardware" function it appears there as "USB to ATA/ATAP bridge"
I've also tried another USB connection cable with the same result. I'm beginning to worry that the hard drive became damaged at some point. I may test swapping the drive with the one currently in my newer laptop to see if it works, as that would probably determine if the drive itself is unrecoverable.
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A:Add New Hard Drive and then do Recovery

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A:RAW Hard Drive Recovery

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A:Hard Drive Recovery

Do you have the operating disk or floppy boot disk??
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A:Hard Drive Recovery

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I would add the old drive you need to recover files from into another computer as a secondary drive. Don't install any programs or files on the old drive. Doing so may overwrite files you're trying to recover.

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Please don't double-post.
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A:hard drive recovery

There are pins on the back of the HD called jumpers. The HD should list 3 different settings
1. cable select (CS)
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depending on what kind of ribbon cable you have connecting the HD to the MB you would set the clip covering the pins to either CS or slave for a slave hookup.
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You can slave the old drive so you can still boot with the existing drive.
You have to check the jumpers and make this drive a slave, see the mfg web site if you are not sure how to do this.
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Hmmm, there are only 3 main ways a hard drive is wiped, one you repartition or delete it, 2 you manually delete all of the files on it (or a malicious software does it for you), and three you plug in the drive wrong (ie. you set it to master with another master already online!)

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Hello Barsby and Welcome to SeVen Forums,

There a few Linux based rescue live cd's that I have had luck with. See here
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A:Hard drive recovery/reformatting

did you try setting the jumpers to slave and running it as a slave, thats how i usually transfer data off of an old HDD
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A:Data Recovery on Old Hard Drive

Hi Mat the w,

Welcome to Seven Forums.

I presume it is an internal drive on your desktop.

Please run the manufacturer's diagnostic/repair utility. ( Since you did not tell us the make/model number of the drive, I can only give this general statement.) Check whether it is able to repair your disk.
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A:Please help with hard drive data recovery

see this to get your DATA off the drive.
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A:Can I use recovery disc from HP on a new hard drive?

Hi DLPSOCCER, and welcome to TSG.


It is a western digital Caviar A8MZN-LA with 250 GB but it was a Seagate A8M2N-LA 160 GB.Click to expand...

You might want to check and give us the model numbers right off the labels attached the drives. As far as I can tell, an "A8MZN-LA" model number is for an Asus motherboard.
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A:HELP! Hard Drive Recovery Questions.

(1) Why can't they just automatically get all of my data off, instead of asking me what specific data I want off?

All of the data may not be recoverable. When I do data recovery for customers I ask them specifically what data they want recovered, and where it was located. Also, the price may change if there is a huge amount of data to be recovered.

(2) How secure is my data (can I trust that they won't be opening files, or even looking at file names that may suggest important private information?)?

I can't speak for that company, but when I recover data I never really look at what was recovered, however at times I may have to ask a customer the names of some files to make sure that I recovered what they wanted. What they have on their hard drive is of no interest to me, and I believe I would betray their confidence by reading any of their files.
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tricky this...the shop that fixed it would have told you that any data on the drive would be lost, this is common practice and you are always advised to back up any data to an external source on a regular basis.

However, if they are asked not to format the drive and they have then again the fault lies with yourself, you should have removed the drive before sending it in for repair, any good repair shop will use a test HDD to make sure the unit is working.

Unless you have it on paper that you asked them to do a non destructive repair then you are in a state of loss. also say that their is now no windows installed on the drive, is this correct, by rights a repair means that the unit comes back to you in a working condition including software that was on the drive, even if the shop have swapped the drive, it would be down to them reinstall windows and ensure it was in a working condition, as this is what you have paid for.

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some companies put the restore software on a seperate partition on the harddrive which you can access via a F ket during boot - anything in the documentation that came with the laptop.

otherwise I dont think you will get back to how sony shipped the device - you could try calling sony for recovery CD's

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The HP website has the instructions:

Create a set of recovery discs or a recovery DVD

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Yes I am guessing here!

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A:hard drive format recovery

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A:Hard drive failure, need recovery

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How to Create a Windows 8 Installation DVD or USB Drive

If you have the same "bitness" on your PC, 64 or 32 bit, then that link may be useful. If there's another way to get a Windows 8.x iso file I don't know it. Perhaps someone else will chime in if so.

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