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Hard Drive With Raw File System / Format


External hard drive file format is raw and not ntfs. How can i get windows 7 to read raw hard drives without having to format the hard drive due to important work on it? I have put the hard drive onto a xp and vista machine and can read the hard drive but not with windows 7.

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Ntfs External Hard Drive Becomes Raw

I've recently had this happen on two hard drives after running backup and/or acronis true image from windows 7 rc. One appears to be totally dead at this point, so we'll just focus on the other one. From windows 7 (rc or rtm) (or vista) it appeared in my computer, but was not accessible and i was invited to format it. Instead, i ran chkdsk /r from a command prompt, which told me the first ntfs boot record was bad so it used the second one and fixed lots of things. But, still not accessible on w7. However, from a windows xp machine it looks just fine.

Is there a way to fix this drive? Would even a reformat fix it?

I am thinking maybe i should always reformat a new external drive from windows 7, even if it is already formatted ntfs. Is there any point to that?


Posted On: 2009-12-03 . View Related Posts . . View 4 Replies .

Win 7 Wont Recognize Unformatted Hard Drive - How To Format That Drive ?

Windows 7 won't acknowledge the existence of second unformatted hard drive. How can i format drive is system doesn't recognize that it exists so i can format the drive to be used for backup? Both hdd are identical, wd750gb. Can't find how to format an unrecognized drive in help. First hdd is sata and using 64 bit format and want to use the same for second.

Posted On: 2009-10-28 . View Related Posts . . View 5 Replies .

Will Custom Install Format Hard Drive ?

Just need to know if windows 7 "custom" install will reformat my hard drive, or simply install a clean version of windows? I have xp right now and i want to do a clean windows 7 install, but i want to leave my data on the hard drive, like my pictures, mp3's, documents, etc. I don't care if it deletes all my installed programs because i want to re-install my programs anyway. I just want to know if the "custom" install option reformats the entire drive, that's all. Anyone?

Posted On: 2009-11-04 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Should I Format Hard Drive Before Upgrading To Win7 ?

I am running win xp, should i format my hard drive before upgrading to win 7? Can win 7 transfer my files and if so, does it do a good job or is it recommended to format for optimal performance?

Posted On: 2009-10-22 . View Related Posts . . View 3 Replies .

Can't Format Usb Drive In Ntfs Format

Can't format usb drive in windows 7i recently bought a kingston 64gbusb flash drive. This works fine but i need to format it in ntfs and windows format says it can't complete the format.

Posted On: 2010-06-07 . View Related Posts . . View 4 Replies .

Using System Image On Upgraded Hard Drive

I am trying to install a larger hard drive on my system and i want to use my burned system image on the new hard drive. My old hard drive is 150gb and the new drive is 500 gb. After using the system recovery mode to install the burned image on the new drive, this drive shows up as being 150 gb rather than 500 gb. I did not see any instructions on formatting the new drive before burning the image. I need help with rectifying this situation as i would like to have access to all 500 gb. I am running windows 7.

Posted On: 2010-02-04 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Restore Win 7 System Image From Old Hard Drive To New

I want to restore the windows 7 system image from my old hard drive to a new hard drive. I have placed the system image onto the a partition of the new hard drive that i have installed. I have named the new hard drive partitions f: where the system image is located and e: where i would like to restore the system image to. How do i proceed? I would like to do this using "recovery" instead of the repair dvd.

Posted On: 2009-12-10 . View Related Posts . . View 5 Replies .

File Manager Will Not See External Hard Drive

I can't get file manager to see my maxtor one touch iii mini external hard drive. It shows up in the devices window. But in the computer management window it won't initialize.

Posted On: 2009-10-31 . View Related Posts . . View 5 Replies .

System Locks Up When Transferring Data To Hard Drive From Dvd

When transferring data to my hard drive from a dvd, the system locks up. I am using windows 7 professional on a pentium i7 system with 6gb of memory and over 600gb of free disk space. This issue has occurred with all dvd's i have tried. The dvd r/w is an lg, there are 2 installed. I have 3 hard drives. The system uses only sata drives.

Posted On: 2009-11-20 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Creating System Image On External Usb Hard Drive

Creating a system image on an external usb 2. 0 hard drive
Applies to: windows | windows 7 | system repair and recovery

We have a new hp g60-533cl notebook running windows 7 64-bit home premium. Attached to it is a new hp usb 2. 0, 500 gb pocket media drive (pmd). I use windows 7 to create a system image of the laptop's hard disk(s) onto the pmd. In the windows 7, create a system image dialog box you see the following selected drives:

Drive used space

System (system) 33. 66 mb
(C:) (system) 40. 76 gb
Recovery (d:) (system) 9. 87 gb

Space required to save a backup of the selected drives: 50. 66 gb

I watch the winodws 7 progress thermometer as it creates the image for these drives, and you see that all 3 drives are "imaged" to the pmd. Once the process has successfully completed, the pmd has a folder on it titled, "windowsimagebackup".

I then right-click on this folder and select properties. It provides me with the following information.

Location: f:
Size: 33. 9 gb (36, 501, 698, 638 bytes)
Size on disk: 33. 9 gb (36, 501, 749, 760 bytes)
Contains: 21 files, 4 folders

My question: why are there only 33. 9 gb of information saved to the image, when the 3 drives listed above required 50. 66 gb of space? Is all of the information listed above actually being saved? What's happening ?


Posted On: 2010-02-21 . View Related Posts . . View 7 Replies .

Usb Flash Drive Error - Volume Does Not Contain Recognized File System

I plugged in my usb flash drive into a computer using windows 7. It always prompts me to scan and fix or cancel. I canceled every time, but i got annoyed with it popping up every time, so i told it to scan and fix. A loading screen came up so i patiently waited. After completion it asks to format my usb flash drive. I can't format it though because i have homework files and all my other personal files on there. So i canceled the format, but every time i plug it into my computer it asks t format it. I even plugged it into a computer running on windows xp and it wanted to format it.

When i try to run it without formatting it it says, "e: is not accessible. The volume does not contain a recognized file system. Please make sure that all required file system drivers are loaded and that the volume is not corrupted. " My question is, what did windows 7 do to my flash drive and how do i recover my data?


Posted On: 2010-05-31 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Unable To Format Drive / Unable To Complete Format

I install windows 7 on my drive d, i also have windows xp on my drive c, now i want to delete xp and format drive c, when i want to format windows 7 said "window unable to complete format", what i can to do?

Posted On: 2010-03-10 . View Related Posts . . View 3 Replies .

Multi-boot System Win 7 64-bit & Vista 32-bit On One Hard Drive

Multi-boot system windows 7 (64-bit) & vista (32-bit) on one hard drive - do i need two hard drives?I have an existing windows vista ultimate (32-bit) system installed on a 500gb sata hard drive, partitioned into 2 partitions (c: and d:). I would like to make the system multi-boot so that i can back-track to vista if i have a problem with win7.

One issue here is that i plan on multi-booting vista 32-bit and win7 64-bit on the same hard drive without touching the d: partition of the hard drive. I don't know if this is possible, but i'm interested to see if it is.

I've done some research and have found that win7 has many compatibility modes, so maybe i don't need to worry about keeping an installation of vista on my system? I just don't want to be "caught with my pants down" if something were to go wrong with win7, like if one of my programs was incompatible or something along those lines.

If i can't multi-boot vista 32-bit and win7 64-bit from the same hard drive, can i do it with 2 hard drives having one os on each hard drive? Or, am i being much too paranoid about this and should i trust microsoft on this one that win7 will not have any large compatibility issues with my most used programs?

For reference, here are some of my most used programs: firefox 3. 5, steam, adobe photoshop (versions 7. 0 and cs3), ie tester (for web development), winamp, trillian (an im and irc program), itunes, skype, mozilla thunderbird (for e-mail), and fraps (in-game video recording software).

I know that this is a lot all at once, but does anyone see any foreseen compatibility issues with any of these programs and win7 64-bit ? I'm also worried about the compatibility of some of my drivers with win7 64-bit, but i've heard that there have been leaps and bounds made with driver compatibility on win7 64-bit (as compared to the mess it was with xp 64-bit). Is this true?


Posted On: 2009-12-13 . View Related Posts . . View 3 Replies .

Format Drive

Boot drive went bad, had win 7 64 bit on it. Installed new hard drive and went to install win 7 again. I forgot that it was a upgrade from vista cd. It won't let me continue the win 7 install and when i try to use my original hp vista recovery discs it says they won't work with the current operating system. How do i get rid of win 7 so i can reinstall vista so i can then use my win 7 upgrade discs?

Posted On: 2010-07-03 . View Related Posts . . View 4 Replies .

Cannot Format Drive

One of my systems had vista on a drive, then i installed seven on another one. So now i have a c: (seven) and d: (vista) i modified the boot menu so that system could boot direct on seven and do not offer to start vista anymore. Worked fine. (C and d are two separate physical drives). I cannot manage to format d:, seven complains with a security error message (not in front of the computer now, so cannot tell exactly which one, but it says that i am not an administrator, which i effectively am according to the user account management section of the control panel).

So :

How can i force the format of a hdd ?
What is this admin issue
How can i check that all the boot information is really located onto c:


Posted On: 2010-04-06 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

I Cant Format My Usb Thumb Drive

I was trying to open a file on my usb drive. It opened in another language. So got out of the word. I then tired to open another document and it saying "the e drive is not formatted. Do you want to format?" I click yes then it says "you do not have sufficient rights to preform this operation" i click ok then it says "the disk in drive e cannot be formatted". I nee help because it seem like it erased all of my documents on my usb and i need my documents asap! Is there anyway i can get my documents back?

Posted On: 2010-02-08 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Format Disk In Drive F/sd Card

So this is the first time on my new computer that i'm trying to upload pics from one of my cameras. It has an sd card. So i put the sd card in the slot on my computer and it says i need to format the disk in drive f before i can use it. I never had this problem with my old xp computer. I really don't want to loose my pics. But after putting the card back into my camera now my camera has an error message of "card not initialized".

What the heck happened to my sd card? All i did was stick it in the sd slot. Didn't try to format it or anything after reading that it will erase all content. Help? Is my card bad now? Is saving my pics a lost cause? Why do i have to format it when it worked fine before? I have used my new computer to upload pics from memory pro cards from my other cameras numerous times. No problem.


Posted On: 2010-05-02 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

How To Format C Drive And Save On D Drive?

So had vista on c drive and used d drive to store. Did clean install of windows 7 on d drive. However, c drive still has about 18 gb of stuff that i'm pretty sure dealt with vista and it won't let me format c drive even though i am logged in as administrator. Found most of the workaround by changing owner of folders from trusted installer yada yada.

Found the way to show hidden folders. Right now have everything deleted except $recycle. Bin boot and system volume information. All i want to do is clean format c since windows 7 is on d drive and free up all the space on c. Everytime i try i get same message "windows was unable to complete format".

Also, even though i've changed permission on d drive i am not able to save even simple notepad docs to d drive. Have to save to a folder. Any ideas on how to change this?


Posted On: 2009-11-23 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Live File System Will Not Save File

Live file system will not save file!Windows 7 and udf will copy several files and then you get to the last file which is 700 meg and the space free bar under the dvd rw drive shows 1. 2 gig left. The copy starts and runs till about 350 meg left then it slows down all the way to 17 kbs and also till 10 k was left on the dvd. By this time about 5 hrs have gone by and the copy window has showed 1 hr left for 3 hrs. The cancel button won't work task manager when used will crash the system. You can force a shut down but then you have to reactivate norton with your purchase code. A search of the internet for me was no help at all.

Posted On: 2010-06-12 . View Related Posts . . View 4 Replies .

Dvd Drive Wont Format Blank Discs

The dvd drive won't format. I have the same problem as some one else on the forum. I get a message"windows was unable to complete the format. " You suggested to go to "troubleshooting". This does not appear on my computer. I get a message"windows was unable to complete the format. " I have tried other discs no go. I hooked in a usb dvd drive and was able to format after 1 failure.

I tried the "update drivers" but there was nothing to update. I had to reset this computer once before to factory settings with dell showing me how, because the internet settings became corrupted and would not change. I have had nothing but problems with this machine since i bought it, a high end dell. Is it dells fault or is it vista? I don't really know when the problem started. Any help would be appreciated.


Posted On: 2010-03-15 . View Related Posts . . View 3 Replies .

Upgrading Existing Hard Drive To Ssd Hard Drive

I have recently purchased a laptop with one hard drive slot. I want to change the existing hard drive slot to a ssd. My laptop came with windows 7 pro pre-installed (no disk supplied). When i purchased the machine i created the windows recovery disk.

I would like to know if the upgrade is as simple as:

1) removing the current 500g hard drive
2) installing the new new ssd
3) running the recovery disks to re-install my copy of windows 7 pro or am i missing something?


Posted On: 2010-01-26 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Upgrade On New Hard Drive Because Of Failed Hard Drive

Anyway to upgrade on a new hard drive because of a failed hard drive with vista on it? I had a pc that came with a pre installed version of vista home 32 bit, however my hard drive has just totally failed, is there anyway that i'll be able to just get the upgrade version and install it on my new hard drive, or as i beleive to be the case, will i have to get the full version of windows 7. My pc didn't come with any sort of vista install disc.

As i said im fairly certain i know the answer and its that i get a new hard drive and will have to get the full version of 7 but just wanted to check with people who know far more on the subject than i do.


Posted On: 2009-11-06 . View Related Posts . . View 4 Replies .

Win7 Installing Raw Port & Extra Printer Icon

I installed a pci parallel card to use my old printer on my new system (dell desktop) running win 7 64-bit. After installing the drivers for the card, the printer works fine, but it also installs a "microsoft raw port" and also another "ghost" printer  - the same icon which identifies the hp printer it already installed in "devices & printers". I can right-click and remove the extra icon, but it re-installs itself. When i right-click on the raw port properties to remove it, it doesn't allow it to be clicked, therefore i can't remove it.

How do i a) permanently delete the raw port an db) permanently stop the installation of the second "ghost" icon for the parallel printer?


Posted On: 2010-01-21 . View Related Posts . . View 3 Replies .

Upgrade On System With Raid 1 Drive System

What is the best way to upgrade a critical system with windows vista home premium running with two hd's in raid 1, to windows 7? I would prefer to do an in place upgrade, so that i would not have to reinstall applications or data files. One way that occurred to me, would be to disconnect one the hd's during the upgrade. If everything went well, i could reconnect the other drive (or better yet, a new clean drive), which would then be automatically mirrored by the hd controller. Has anyone successfully done this?

Posted On: 2010-06-02 . View Related Posts . . View 3 Replies .

Partitioning System Hard Dick

For my newly purchased dell desktop pc, the pc engineer portioned my hard dick as

Drive c: 14. 6 gb (ntps);
Drive d: 195. 3 gb (ntps) and
Drive e: 22. 9 gb (fat 32)

This was done with os windows xp and it was in c: drive. Later i installed w7 which had taken d: drive as recommended and as it was only the option because there was no enough space in drive c: because the e: drive is in fat 32.

No problem of booting with w xp installed in one drive or with w7 installed in another drive help:

1) now i want to partition my hard disk with total 5 drives. How to do?
2) if number of drives increased, will my system  be slow?
3) suggestion for allocating number of gbs in each drive and  the usefulness of ntps and fat 32 or 64
 


Posted On: 2010-05-02 . View Related Posts . . View 3 Replies .

How To Block System Access To Hard Drives?

Basically, i want to block windows from accessing a certain drive, my macintosh drive (e: drive).

I'm using a macbook, running the latest version of os x snow leopard, i dual boot windows 7 ultimate, and access my mac drives with macdrive8. Whenever i'm running windows 7, certain applications will write a folder/file onto my macintosh partition, thinking it's a normal partition, thus corrupting my macintosh partition. I basically want to block anything on windows (including the os itself) from writing to it. Is there any way to do this? Seriously, i'll try anything.


Posted On: 2010-05-31 . View Related Posts . . View 4 Replies .

Error Code - 2 - System Cannot Find The File Specified

Error copying to external drive: error code 2 "system cannot find the file specified" i've been trying to perform a mirror style backup to my external drive of everything in c:users. First of all i tried using robocopy (my preferred tool) with the command line running as administrator and that failed after copying a few hundred files. It came up with error code 2, system cannot find the file specified. I used robocopy c:users h:ackup_win7 /b /m /e /dcopy:t /r:0 /xj

I then tried using the freeware tool fbackup, this also managed to copy a few hundred files before getting stuck in the same way (at a different point).

Finally, i tried picking one set of folders (pictures) and doing a manual copy/paste into the destination directory, this also failed after copying a few hundred files with an error about not finding the file.

The actual files it fails on are nothing special, just regular jpg. If i create a simple test.txt on the drive it works fine. The problem only seems to occur with large numbers of files being copied and where it actually fails seems to depend on which tool i use to copy the files.

Each time this problem occurs my system goes into meltdown with massive cpu usage and then windows won't let me dismount the drive as it insists something is still trying to do something with it.

The only way out is to restart the computer. I've tried running chkdsk /r on the external drive (a seagate freeagent 1tb drive via usb 2) and no errors were found. The drive in question worked perfectly with xp sp3 for several months and has no problems reading from files in windows 7, just this writing issue. I've also tried turning off all services with msconfig, but that just meant that the external drive wouldn't mount at all.

My system is an athlon 64 x2 5600+ running at 2. 9ghz, with 4gb of ddr2 800 on a msi k9n v3 motherboard and an nvidia 8500 gt graphics card. The source disk is a 300gb hitachi sata drive. Overall system performance (aside from this issue) seems very good. I'm using windows 7 ultimate 64 bit, installed from a clean install after xp was previously on the disk.


Posted On: 2010-01-21 . View Related Posts . . View 5 Replies .

Delete File In System Volume Information

I had a hardware failure last week, which resulted in a new installation of windows 7. However i'm left with a 220gb file in system volume information on a storage drive.

I'd like to delete it, but i don't have permission, nor do i seem to be able to give myself permission to do it.

It's likely the result of a previous backup - however i have subsequently changed my backup procedure and i'm absolutely sure that this does not contain any data that i would like preserved.

Given that it's such a large file, i want it gone.


Posted On: 2010-01-02 . View Related Posts . . View 4 Replies .

Live File System Burning Problem

I had a problem with windows 7 home premium & live file system burning. Slow burning and reduced dvd disc capacity - see orig post below. This is not an uncommon problem and is windows 7 related - it is a universal disk format file system driver issue. There is a hotfix available - http://support.microsoft.com/kb/975617. See issue 3. It worked.

"I burn slowly at 500k and approx. 1gb will "fill" a 4. 7gb dvd. I've updated drivers, bios, motherboard chipset drivers, burner firmware and installed a new burner. Nero burns fine as does a mastering burn. Dvd+r & dvd-r discs are affected. Dvd-rw burn fast and with no problems. I have done a clean install of windows 7 and applied updates, yet i have the same problem. There is no av or other software running - just windows 7. All drivers are windows certified afaik. No usb devices either.

If i do a clean install of vista sp2 business on the same machine, there is no problem and i can burn live file system dvd discs on any media at >3mb/sec and get full disc capacity. So it's definitely windows 7 related. "


Posted On: 2010-01-20 . View Related Posts . . View 6 Replies .