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Empty extra hard drive?

Q: Empty extra hard drive?

Recently a hard drive named OS (X: ) (space inserted so it isn't posted as a smiley face) appeared in my computer. It seems to be identical in memory to my actual hard drive, but is actually empty. What exactly should be done about this?

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A: Empty extra hard drive?

Not sure off hand but I'd open up Disk Management to see what it says there.
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A:How to fully use the extra hard disk space for external hard drive?

It should have about 465GB, what are you seeing?

You will not have 500GB due to the conversion between binary and decimal for reporting sizes.
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A:enterprise hard drive as an extra external drive-any problem with this idea

I believe Enterprise drives are more performance based then reliability based. The mechanics are still the same. Usually an enterprise application requires a fast drive, something like a 16MB cache and 15k RPMs is the norm, even if the drive is only 150GB, put those in RAID and you have a very fast access source for a large network.

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A:extra hard drive

Hi, There is more than one way to solve your problem.

!. Install an added in IDE controller card, such as a Promise Ultra 100 also comes in a RAID version....not neccessary, though.
The basic card goes in a PCI slot, gives you 4 more IDE devices. Costs about $25, available online, any good supply store. Here is the page for info:

Here's a sale on them going now:

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A:How do I add an extra hard drive?

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A:extra hard drive

You don't need the audio cable from the drive. Any media player should be able to see the drive, and read the disc. I haven't used those audio cables in years.

As for the HDD. I don't know why you would waste the time with a 1GB drive. And there is no reason to install an OS on the drive. You simply install the drive, boot into Windows and format the drive. You can then use it to store data. But again, a 1GB drive is old and may not be reliable. Not too mention it won't hold much (by todays standards anyway).
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A:Finding extra hard drive

What does Disk Management say about the drive? Does it appear in Device Manager?
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A:Installing an extra hard drive

Here are step by step instructions:
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A:Extra unnecessary Hard Drive

Get rid of what ? E: ?

You don`t want to do that.
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A:backup to extra internal hard drive

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A:Should I Compress My Data on Extra Hard Drive or not?

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A:Will adding extra hard drive slow pc?

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A:Extra Hard-drive - My Docs - iTunes


open the My Documents folder on the system drive and then copy the contents to the new location on the slave. You can edit the registry to change the default location of the My Documents folder but it's not something i'd recommend as you can just move the contents to the new folder and then change the settings of the programs which use My Documents.

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A:Solved: adding extra hard drive help

I have used this guide in the past:
Take your time and read all the instructions before beginning and all will be well.
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A:Ran Error checking, 1 hard drive has 80+GB data extra now!!!???!
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A:Solved: Guidance for adding extra hard drive

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All i'm assuming is:
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A:Is this hard drive really empty?

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A:Empty Hard Drive

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A:PC won't recognize extra hard drives (edi) primary is SCSI drive

Hold on a minute... edi you mean IDE or eIDE don't you?

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A:[SOLVED] Hard drive... empty?

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A:Something is filling my hard drive up with empty files...?

Hi FasrFifty
My name is polskamachina and I would like to welcome you to the Malware Removal Forum. I will be helping you with your malware issues.
What follows below are some ground rules for this forum.
I will reply as soon as possible (typically within 24-48 hours). In turn, I ask that you please respond within 72 hours. If you know you will be away longer than that, please let me know. I am in California at GMT-8 hours (Pacific Standard Time). If I do not respond to you within 48 hours, feel free to send me a private message.
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Do NOT run any tools unless instructed to do so.
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Do not attach logs or use code boxes, just copy and paste the text.
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Once things seem to be working again, please do not abandon the thread. I will give an "all-clean" message at the very end.
NOTE: Backup any files that cannot be replaced. Removing malware can be unpredictable and this step can save a lot of heartaches if things don't go as planned. You can put them on a CD/DVD, external drive or a flash drive, anywhere except on the computer.
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A:Secondary hard drive appears empty

Hi and welcome to TSG.

Ok..... im a little confused:

SATA drives don't have Master/Slave Config........

Compare THESE TWO DRIVES to the ones you have... And we will try to establish what were dealing with.

If you do have a SATA drive and you have been setting jumpers on it; Depending on where you have set the Jumpers HERE IS AN OVERVIEW of What you Have been Actually doing.

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Your best bet would be external drive enclosures and hook them up USB/Firewire. Look here:
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How many drives are reflected in Device Manager?

Have you installed any programs which utilize virtual drives?

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A:Issues with extra IDE drive


Welcome to the forms.

I believe what happened here is that even tho you designated a specific partition to be the OS partition, the installation procedure saw the drive designated as Drive 0 (probably the IDE drive) as the Boot device and installed the boot files there instead of where you thought they may go.
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I don't believe that drive is acting abnormally as many times a drive will spin down from inactivity and there' is a slight pause in things as it needs to spin back up after being queried to read or write by something. That's normal operations for today's Power Saving Mode drives.
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A:windows xp extra drive

Hi, spycatcher


The most likely problem is that when you installed XP you did not "catch" some of the installation options correctly and installed the OS to a second partition. What look like drives to Windows are actually just partitions on the HDD (you can have many if you want, but it's not a good idea for the less experienced users)

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A:XP to Win7: Extra drive ?

Quote: Originally Posted by Pradical

Hello all. I am planning on upgrading from XP to Win7 Professional fairly soon. I know that it performs a clean install and that I need to back up my C drive.

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A:Add an Extra OS on a Logical Drive

Hello Castor & Let give you a warm welcome to SevenForums!

There's some tutorials here that might help you.

System Reserved : Multi Boot from Logical Partitions

Partition / Extended : Logical Drives

Best Regards,
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lotuseclat79 said:

From the Official Google Research Blog: Extra, Extra - Read All About It: Nearly All Binary Searches and Mergesorts are Broken.

-- TomClick to expand...

Hi Tom,

I've just had a check of the last JDK, the bug has been corrected. The article is from June 2006, since 'a lot of water flowed under the bridges' !