How To Fix Primary Hard Drive Replacement

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Primary Hard Drive Replacement is the name of the error that contains information about the error, including the reason why it occurred, which system component or application was malfunctioning that caused the error, and other information. The numerical code in the name of the error contains data that can be decoded by the manufacturer of the faulty component or application. An error using this code can occur in many different places in the system. Although the name contains some details, it is still difficult for the user to find and eliminate the cause of the error without specialized technical knowledge or the appropriate software.

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With this option, I am afraid that it would just die unexpectedly on me again. 2. Then the hard drive started clicking, so I powered off, and the drive has been clicking ever since. I sure have learned my lesson about backing stuff up. With that speed is it really worth it to increase the price of the drive by 100 $ over a 500 gb, and sacrifice all the space?

Last night I booted up my computer, and it took about a minute to get past the bios screen. At some point I will be upgrading my video card to one with more than 256 megabytes of ram, and that will cut out of my 4 gigabytes of ram, which is already crippled to 3.25 gb's by Vista 32 bit. Man, my computer really hates me right now...   RMA the drive.

Soon I'm going to get a 500 or so drive and an external one also. Any better ideas or sudgestions? Also I do not really have to worry about it spontaneously failing. This will barely be able to hold all my software, but it will easily be able to hold anything that really needs speed, like photoshop or games.

Buy a new drive and a copy of Vista 64 bit with a Windows 7 upgrade. For the price of windows and a 500 gb HDD, I can get one with about 135 mb/s read and 100 mb/s write. I've thought up some options for replacing the drive, and I was hoping for some input as to which I should go for. 1.

I figure it is more sensible to upgrade Windows when I know I need to do a fresh installation than to wait, and have to delete my perfectly good one when I upgrade my ram or video card. 4. I put in my Vista disk to do a restore, and once it loaded the files, it sat at a blank screen for half an hour. Once it had, it said something about "error reading startup disk," or something along those lines. It is should still under warranty, but I have never heard anything good about Hitachi drives from people at TechSpot.

Unfortunately, I hadn't had a chance to back up anything on that drive, so I lost about 7,000 photos from stop motion shorts I make, 10 full length movies, and seven gigs of downloads. Buy a 64 gigabyte budget SSD. Buy a new 500 gb drive. 3.

What causes Primary Hard Drive Replacement

If you received this error on your PC, it means that there is a malfunction in your system. Common causes are incorrect or unsuccessful installation or removal of software that could leave invalid entries in the Windows registry, the effects of a virus or malware attack, an incorrect system shutdown due to a power failure, or another factor in which a person with little technical knowledge accidentally deletes the required A system file or registry entry, as well as several other reasons. The immediate cause of "Primary Hard Drive Replacement" is a failure when one of its normal operations is properly started by a system or application component.


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Y500 - hard drive failed, now ready to install replacement + new mSATA SSD to be primary boot drive

I was able to run Belarc Advisor to obtain a product key, however it shows it's for Windows 8.1 64bit but originally I had Windows 8 64bit and I have read in some cases that when you reinstall you can't use a Windows 8.1 installation media but rather you must start with Windows 8? I have been reading a lot of threads here about cloning with Paragon Backup & Recovery and also Paragon Migrate OS to SSD programs, however in this case I have both drives completely blank and basically starting from scratch.  Also, I have read some threads that say with Windows 8 and later you can create a clean install recovery media USB that will work from this Microsoft site (link). Solved! The original drive failed a few days ago, so I have decided to not only replace the new "spinning" drive with a 7200RPM model but I also bought a Samsung EVO 850 mSATA 128GB drive. At the moment, I have only inserted both drives into the laptop and they are both completely blank.

Go to Solution. I went into the BIOS and it shows 2 Hard Drives recognized both the 1TB "spinning" drive as well as the mSATA SSD.

I have a Y500 model that originally came with a Samsung Spinpoint 5400RPM 1TB HDD + 16GB SSD cache mSATA drive.

Any suggestions are extremely appreciated. Thank you so much in advance! It's all pretty confusing. How should I begin? The mSATA was labeled Hard Disk 1 and the 1TB as #2. Unfortunately, I didn't create my recovery U...

2nd Hard Drive Issue after Primary Drive Replacement

Booted fine, so i went to "My computer" and looked for the second drive which was there. I've read post after post searching the site, but don't want to just blindly try things that might jeapordize the data on my secondary drive. I cannot access any data on it whatsoever. As far as the drives go, the replacement drive I loaded XP on was a bit older than my storage drive, so I had to connect it with the 80 pin cable, the newer drive is connected by (SATA?) single small cable.

I then got an error message on the screen saying "can't load OS" or something like that. I had some pictures and documents on that drive, but I know they're probably toast. Problem is; that drive that I KNOW had data on it (no OS on that drive) now says "drive unformatted, would you like to format"? Everything loaded fine on the new drive, computer booted up into XP fine.

I had a secondary hard drive installed that I would move pics and documents to so I could keep them away from the drive with the OS on it. Luckily, I had a spare 40gig drive laying around, so I unplugged both drives in the computer, plugged in the spare drive and loaded my copy of XP Pro, (I don't have a copy of media edition as it came installed on the HP when new). Digging around in properties for the second drive, I'm sure I saw somewhere that it said RAW.

Yesterday, I went to turn it on and I hear what sounded like the hard drive clanking (arms hitting the platter type sound). I can provide more details toni...

Moving your primary hard drive to a new computer to be used as a primary there too???

I currently have Vista 64-bit installed on my computer. maybe by installing the drivers for the new computer before the switch? Problem is, obviously, different parts. I have been using the computer at work because we needed one in a pinch and now its the work computer.

We could just install it as a slave but then you have Vista on it for no reason, taking up valuable and needed space. Originally Posted by Squa190

Okay so I know this may be one of those pain in the butt tasks but If it can be done it will help out a lot. just install it as a slave drive, im sure you can run a ''repair install'' on the drive & use it in a ''dual boot'' config. We could just install it as a slave but then you have Vista on it for no reason, taking up valuable and needed space.

Is there a way to do this? if thats not possible, install it as a slave drive & simply delete the OS files leaving only your data on the disc..

Problem is, obviously, different parts.

Okay so I know this may be one of those pain in the butt tasks but If it can be done it will help out a lot.

This is changing, but very important info and files are on this drive and it will be so much easier to be able to just put the hard drive in a the new computer and run it as the primary. I have been using the computer at work because we needed one in a pinch and now its the work computer. I currently have Vista 64-bit installed on my computer. I don...

ThinkPad Serial Hard Drive Bay Adapter III as primary hard drive?

yes you can boot from the ultrabay hdd adapater

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Go to Solution. That's what the forum is for.

I would then configure the bay adapter to be the primary HD to boot from. Also, Google's nicer than me. I would like to run a Windows 7 installation on a physical hard drive which won't be possible with my employer in the near future.My idea is now to have a second HD in the Serial Hard Drive Bay Adapter III (let's say theThinkPad 320GB 7200 rpm Serial ATA Hard Drive) on which I would install Win 7.

Installing a SATA 2 Hard Drive with the first hard drive being a primary IDE Hard Drive

I see no where in the BIOS to enable SATA. Any help regarding my problem is greatly appreciated.

I have a M50 - 8187 Think Centre and I see on the motherboard and in the manual that there is a SATA 1 and a SATA 2 connection. I tried to hook up a SATA 2 hard drive but when I connect everything up using a SATA data cable, there is nothing recognizable in the BIOS. I took a 30 gig IDE hard drive and hooked it up as a slave and the BIOS recognized it right away. My question is, can a SATA hard drive be used on the M50 Think Centre series and if so, what do I have to do to get the SATA 2 controller recognized in the BIOS.

You never will have to 'Enable' SATA for it to work, are you sure your plugging in the sata power cable ? The question may also be can your machine handle this drive, not can the machine handle sata. I would reccomend running a bios update, and then trying again. 

Go to Solution. I updated the BIOS to the latest version, but this did not help.

Replace with larger primary hard drive in laptop now showing old drive size. Windows 7. 650gb to 1tb Drive change

My primary HDD was failing so I backed it up and replaced it with a larger 1TB drive.  After reinstalling everything the new drive is displaying the same size as my old drive and the extra space available is unallocated.  I can allocate it as
a separate drive but I find that annoying and would prefer to just have my primary C: drive show up with all of the available space.  I formatted the extra space and made it available separately as drive G hoping that I could EXPAND drive C but that option
is not highlighted as selectable on drive C for some reason.  Should I just live with this extra space or is there a way to easily combine C and the new G space?

Primary Master hard Disk Error - No hard drive detected

Hard Drive not detected-Primary Master Hard Disk ErrorSystem went off while working and message above appeared. A Pit Bull is like a gun you can pet. Test the power supply maybe too.

Some have a sort of autodetect selection. Then replace ac plug and see if it boots correctly.If not then use bios to see if there is a hard drive. Look for any wear or damage on the cables. Almost every hard drive company offers great software that can run usually from a cd or dvd drive.

And there is no safety on it. Hope I don't have to buy a new PC First pull ac power and then press power on button a few times. You boot to the cd.Then maybe I'd go in the computer (after you remove ac and press power button a few times and use esd strap) to re-seat hard drive cables. If still fails then get the hard drive diagnostic for that brand.

Removing primary hard drive and using it as a portable hard drive.

If I remove the primary hard drive and replace it with a new one, install the old one in an enclosure to make it portable, can I then transfer files from the portable to the new hard drive installed in the computer? If its an IDE drive you can, thought I would then set the jumper to cable select.

Can't boot secondary hard drive that has different OS from primary hard drive

Please help. There may be tricks, but normally dual boots require setups all be on the same type cables and connectors.

My primary drive is connected via a SATA connection and the the secondary hard drive is connected via IDE connection. I have added a second hard drive to my computer and I installed Windows XP OS.

Upon start up I do not get an option to select an OS. It automatically goes into Windows 7. My primary hard drive has Windows 7.

What do I need to do so that I can get prompted to chose an OS? I have set the jumper "pins" on both drives to match each other. The Bios has the Second hard drive set as slave.

Primary hard drive boots in laptop but isn't recognized when used as external drive

I've done this two or three times before and it worked great each time. I then took the HDD out of the laptop, connected it to an adapter kit that let's you power up and plug in the drive via a USB port and external power supply, and tried the same procedure using my desktop to run the operation. Same result. I created a new rescue media disk, tried it again, and got the same result.

like this one: having proper power will allow the USB bus to detect and power the hdd correctly. Any ideas?

It's a power issue. So what I don't get is, it works fine when it is in the laptop (boots into XP, etc.), but when connected as an external drive or when the laptop is being run off of CD, the drive can't be detected... my recommendation is to use a powered usb sata cable.

But now there's a problem. The drive does not seem to spin up at all when it is connected.

** Keep in mind the drive still works when installed in the laptop -- it boots into Windows XP etc. **

When I plug the drive into my desktop, the drive does not show up in Disk Management (Start | Right-click My Computer | Manage | Disk Management). Hope this helps, take care!

I have an image of the entire hard drive that I created when I first got the computer (using Acronis TrueImage), and I'd like to restore that image, returning the laptop back to t...

Dell Latitude C810 Primary hard drive : None Fixed optical drive : Not Installed

They still did not register the HD or Optical Drive.I have swapped out HDs, DVD ROMs, with or without battery, Swapped out RAMs - ram memtest on another laptop. Held them down for almost a minute and nothing happened. The Alt+F did reset the Laptops Bios to default setting and dates, and nothing more. Laptop did not reboot.

Tried that no luck.Also read somewhere to have the Caps, Num and Scroll keys all on in or before going into BIOS and do the Alt+E, Alt+F and Alt+B. H Guys,Need help with this one. They all came back okay.This is really thrown me and I'd realy appreciate some assitance.Cheers guys.KS Dead CMOS batteries ? ?May be worth trying replacing 1 at least to see... The Alt+B combination was supposed to be held until the laptop reboots itself.

The laptops have the HD adapters fitted before I installed them in the laptops. Even bought three replacement adapters - just in case. Primary Hard Drive: NoneFixed Optical Drive: Not installed.I am very comfortable around computers / laptops  and thought I knew my way around them until now.The hard drives are all brand new 40GB IDE hard drives that work fine on other laptops (tested them). Got three Dell Latitude C810 Laptops and all three are coming up with the same message.

Did not make any difference.When the units power up, they go through POST, spend ages on the splash screen and the error messages come up.The HD and Optical Drive is not registering in BIOS.I read somewhere to take out ...

Windows XP displays primary hard drive as drive F: instead of Drive C:

Windows XP Pro displays the primary hard Drive set as the master on IDE 1 as drive F: instead of drive C:. I can not find the cause.....any ideas? Any help would be much appreciated.

Can you make an external USB hard drive, bootable and use as a Primary Drive

The reality is to have a cloned external hard drive that could be used to boot a computer and clone a new internal hard drive if the original SATA drive had a mechanical malfunction. Is this the approach to use, or am I mixing apples with oranges and doomed to fry something? I don?t want to just backup files, but all programs, drivers, and the same OS. In that regard, I will claim ignorance with a smidgen of knowledge---just so you know who you are dealing with and will correspondingly, dumb down your answers to my level (slightly smarter than a pile of rocks when it comes to absorbing this type of information).

I have a Dell GX630, 3.2 GHz computer with Windows XP Pro SP3 that is replacing my older 700MHz machine. i then booted from it with it plugged into the laptop and ran a disk clone to a file onto the USB HDD. I have painfully copied all programs, files, and added the peripheral hardware (printer, scanner, modems) to make this a duplicate replacement computer system with an addition monitor. It is a guide in the guide forum...actually a post to a link lancelhoff, multi-partition USB flash drive in windows.

I assume it lacks either the boot ini files that the sticks need, or that the USB recognition function for a hard drive come later in the boot sequence and thus is not recognized. when i want to restore it i just image the drive in from the USB HDD and im done.

The USB drive works as a duplicate storage device with all files a...

How to increase space on my Primary Hard Drive from secondary drive

I have a slight problem and i'm hoping to get some help please. I have a nice samsung laptop, it came with 320gb hard drive, and when i set it up it was split into the following:
C drive: 45.9GB free of 112GB
D drive: 167GB free of 167GB
I've put some music and a few other things on the c drive, so its beginning to fill up, so I need to know HOW to increase the space on the C drive by getting more space from the D drive please.

How to set up old hard drive as primary

My old computer will recognize both hard drives is the Bios no matter how I connect them. I need the Dell hard drive for the info on it.

You probably can't boot from the old drive in the new pc because when it was loaded on very different hardware. Here's the trouble. Usually this results in a blue screen when trying to boot.

I have two hard drives. If I connect my old hard drive as primary and the Dell drive as slave I can see both in Win XP. The one that has all my info on it is out of my old Dell Dimension. Both have Win XP and both are NTFS file system.

If I connect the Dell drive as master it will detect both in Bios but will only go to screen that says Windows will start in 30 sec. Any advice? but freezes after the 30 sec. Why do you just boot off of the new drive and copy the stuff from the old drive onto the new one?

USB Hard Drive Problems/Primary Drive Failure

I then thought "ahhh USB" maybe the XP disk didn't have the right driver so i restarted the setup and hit "F6" to install a third party USB Mass Storage Device driver but as soon as i hit return to load the drivers from the floppy i get a message back saying "the file txtsetup.oem could not be found". Ok, here goes...i have come just been given the above kit. After a bit of thought i realised that i have a spare 20Gb external USB ARCdisk so i have been trying to install XP Pro SP1 on the machine (using the USB HDD as the primary drive-no internal disc).

Any idea's much appreciated, maybe i'm flogging a dead horse but i won't give up (<stubborn scowl>)

Back to square one. It did come with its standard 10Gb IBM HDD which is unserviceable (numerous clicking etc - slaved it to my desktop and no joy at all so its hitting the bin). I can't even seem to gain access to the BIOS as the older Compaq seemed to use a partition on the HDD to store part of it (according to HP website).

The install sets of ok, going through "inspecting hardware config", starts loading the drivers and then reaches the point of selecting the partition to install to (there is activity on the drive as it inspects it (red light) and shows the exact size of the disk but then falls over after i select the partition saying "Your computers startup program cannot gain access to the disk".

Can I use a Hard Drive Bay Adapter II as the primary hard drive?

Is this possible?What I'm planning to do is run the laptop with two different OS's and switch between them using the Hard Drive Bay Adapter II. Thank for your responses. It works like a charm. You'll need to hit F12 at startup to select the boot source.

Primary Hard Drive Cannot read 2nd Hard Drive

Anyway I ran scandisk on it. at this point a good file recovery app. The files were like jibberish, folders and files were all named with letters & numbers. Any suggestions?

Anyway with my old hard drive as a master I accessed my newer HDD with win2000.

The problem is I can't see any of the files & they are not hidden. HOWEVER the Maxtor HDD says it still has 8+ gigs of data. Anyone know the problem & is there anyway to recover these files??Click to expand...

0&0 recovery and file scavenger recovery app. One more problem.

When I did that the hard drive changed & created a folder of broken file fragments & that's all that was showing on the drive.Click to expand...

This all started when I used my backup hard drive w/Win2000 (seagate) as Primary & my newer hard drive(Maxtor) w/Win2000 as my slave. I bought a new HDD (Western Digital) & wanted to copy files.

Any suggestions?Click to expand... I finally created a new OS on my Western Digital and made it my primary & put the messed up Maxtor as a slave. The problem is I can't see any of the files & they are not hidden. I have another hard drive as a slave & sometimes when I bootup the drive is there & sometimes it isn't.

The files were like jibberish, folders and files were all named with letters & numbers. this drive may be on the way out
HDD regen is a applicat...

Replace primary hard drive

The only information I can find is how to insert a secondary drive or insert an ssd in the special ssd slot. For some reason I can't find any resource about how to replace this driver.

Hey everybody, my the first harddrive ( which is located on the top left of the laptop ) is acting up and I need to replace it.

Primary Hard Drive Failure

So I turned it off and left it for an hour, upon returning it informed me that there was an error with my primary hard drive.So I rebooted into my bios and tried to auto detect my hard drives. Only one of them was found and could not be booted from. Due to the computer restarting the only error information I caught was, it was a stop error with the code ending in 7e or 7a or something similar and the message at the top involved the kernal.

Last night my computer suffered from a blue screen. Any ideas or help would greatly appreciated.

After rebooting, my computer informed me it could not find any of my hard drives.

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