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Issue: Hard Drive Disappear, Vanish While Syncing Itunes


While using my dell xps computer my secondary 1 tb drives vanishes. I have a primary 320gb drive and a secondary 1 tb drive. While syncing itunes it will vanish. It can also vanish on it's own. Only restarting will get it back.

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External Hard Drives Disappear

My external hard drives "disappear" and are not recognized by windows 7 after it's been running for 5 to 30 minutes. I installed windows 7 on november 1 to the computer which had been running vista since its purchase in july. I have two external hard drives a 250 gb seagate freeagent (it has its own power source hooked up via usb) and 1 tb hp personal media drive (slides into the personal media drive bay of my hp computer). I have had the seagate drive for two years, and it worked well with my old computer, never a problem. I have had the hp drive for two months, and it has experienced only light use.
 
Last week, after windows 7 had been installed for a week with no issues, when i went to save a .doc file on my seagate drive, it said that the drive could not be located. I ended up saving the file to internal disc and restarting the computer. After the restart, my computer recognized my seagate drive, and i was able to save the file. A day later, i attempted to save an image i had been editing, and the same thing happened. The problem began to occur more frequently.

Then, last night, i opened itunes and tried to create aac versions of songs from 2 new audio cds. Halfway through then ten songs on the first cd, an error message popped up indicating that the seagate drive was no longer there. After another failed attempt to import the songs, i popped in the other cd, but itunes could not copy the files to my desired directory. I changed the directory where i save files to the c: (internal) drive, and songs were successfully copied.

I restarted my computer and tried to import songs on the seagate drive once more. It finished the songs on the first disc successfully, without incident. Then i put the second disc into the cd drive. After importing one song, an error message again popped up. I clicked the computer icon on the desktop, and it indicated that the seagate drive was still there. I double-clicked the seagate drive, and instead of displaying files and folders, all it said was "this folder is empty. " I then disconnected the seagate drive from my computer. The computer folder still displayed the seagate drive as connected to the computer.
 
Fearing seagate drive failure, i pulled out my old computer and hooked up the seagate drive, just to check. All files & folders on the seagate drive were present. I decided to hook up my hp personal media drive to my old computer and proceeded to copy all files on the seagate drive to the hp drive. This took about two and a half hours. I then hooked my hp drive back up to my new computer and tried saving word files, image files, and importing audio files from cd into itunes. Again, just like the seagate drive, things worked well to start, but after 5 or 10 minutes, the drive had disappeared. Every time i restart my new computer, the drive is there for anywhere from two minutes to half an hour, and every time the drive disappears.
 
I have tried going in to disk management and rescanning disks. I have tried going in to device manager and uninstalling both seagate and hp disks, then restarting the computer, and then hooking them up once more. I have no idea why the drive would be recognized for a short amount of time and then disappear. I have checked for loose cables. It's just bizarre because i didn't really notice any issues with either drive for the first several days after i had installed windows 7.


Posted On: 2009-11-12 . View Related Posts . . View 12 Replies .

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Posted On: 2010-02-16 . View Related Posts . . View 3 Replies .

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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 .

Syncing Files

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Do i need to have sync on in xpmode? It is set to sync on log off now. If i need sync i need to get the settings right because i get error messages when i log off that the tsclient couldn't connect (or something to that effect) and sync couldn't be completed.


Posted On: 2010-03-05 . View Related Posts . . View 3 Replies .

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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 .

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Configuration:
   Account: gmail (xxxx)
   Server: imap. Gmail.com
   User name: email removed for privacy
   Protocol: imap
   Port: 993
   Secure(ssl): 1
   Code: 800ccc0e

1) i have enabled imap in my gmail settings
2) i have triple checked my username and password in the windows live settings / properties
3) my internet connection is strong .
4) yes 'logon using clear text authentication' is selected
5) the only anti-virus software i am running is microsoft security essentials.


Posted On: 2010-02-14 . View Related Posts . . View 6 Replies .

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Posted On: 2010-04-09 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

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

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Posted On: 2009-11-13 . View Related Posts . . View 3 Replies .

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Posted On: 2009-11-28 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Icons Disappear

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Posted On: 2010-03-21 . View Related Posts . . View 4 Replies .

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I have spent hours on virtually every help site for an answer to this problem. On various days (no pattern), when i start using computer (which is always on), all the icons from my taskbar have disappeared. I found one solution to the problem which is to start task manager, end explorer.exe process, then run explorer.exe again. This brings back all the icons. But this is a tedious thing to do.

And no one has given any explanation for why this happens and what explorer.exe has to do with it. This happens on my desktop which i upgraded to windows 7 from vista. My laptop, which came with windows 7 installed, does not have this problem. I have run several virus programs; no viruses found. Is this a windows 7 problem? A general microsoft problem? I keep up to date with updates. So what in the world is the problem? I'd really like an answer from someone who knows what (s)he is talking about.


Posted On: 2010-05-18 . View Related Posts . . View 11 Replies .

Shortcut Icons Disappear

My problem is similar to raynman's but on a desktop (hp with win 7 home premium), so it isn't related to closing a laptop. My games shortcut icons sometimes disappear, plus a shortcut to broadband internet connection. It doesn't happen except when booting up or waking up, but it doesn't happen often either. Just unpredictably. Only way to restore the missing icons is to recreate each one.

I've seen this behavior in previous windows versions back to 3. 1. By this time windows really ought to include a desktop-memorizing and restoring function, not just for icon positions but for the icons themselves, and not just for system icons.


Posted On: 2010-01-19 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Wireless Network Disappear

I just upgraded to win7. Everything worked fine. However, 2-3 days, my system cannot discover the wireless network. I'm now on wired network connected to router. S far as, other device work with wireless normally except my win7. I still connect to wireless when using linux, mobile phone, other notebook (also win7). And my router configuration still be the same. I've search the forum and done many thing but they are not working for me. The following is what i've done. - Uninstall wireless card driver. - Disable / enable wireless card- netsh reset ip and restart system 

Posted On: 2010-06-03 . View Related Posts . . View 4 Replies .

Operating System Disappear

I installed the windows 7 upgrade from vista on saturday february 20, 2010. First off i backed everything up on to my external hard drive that was working fine until i used windows backup from my vista operating system, now it too is a brick, and i have lost all my pictures of my kids that i have backed up on there for 2. 5 years now. Now, i installed windows 7 trying to get away all the problems with vista, and its telling me after a week that no operating system is found.

I had just put some pictures on the computer from my digital camera, and i'm going to lose those too now. I want to know how to resolve this issue asap. I am not able to afford another $2000 for a new laptop, and i want my operating system that i just paid $120 dollars for to work.


Posted On: 2010-03-01 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Shortcuts To Files On Drives Disappear

On all my windows 7 machines, desktop icons that are shortcuts to files on drives that are not always mounted (primarily truecrypt virtual drives) regularly disappear. I keep many important links to things that won't fit on my taskbar (especially since windows 7 does not easily allow individual file or folder shortcuts to be pinned to the task bar anyway), and i really don't appreciate the operating system deleting my shortcuts.

These icons are work to create and organize, and the os keeps destroying them. Not acceptable behavior from an os. It is absolutely mystifying that this problem does not seem to appear on this web site, as a simple search on the web indicates that lots of people are struggling with this issue.


Posted On: 2009-12-17 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Network Printers Disappear In Win 7

I connect to two printers on my office network. One is a dell laser printer, the other an hp deskjet. They have been working fine for many, many months, both for me and for my coworkers.

I recently upgraded to windows 7 from xp and have been working out the kinks. I noticed today that, after rebooting, my network printers are visible in the devices and printers dialog. However, the moment i try to print from word or excel (perhaps other things as well; these are the only two apps i've tried), they both disappear, leaving me no printers. Excel gives me the message "no printers are installed. "

If i try to add the printers, i get a message, "windows can't open add printer. The local print spooler service is not running. Please restart the spooler or restart the machine. " I reboot, they show up again. Try to print, they disappear again.could be coincidence, but i did install windows mobile device center 6. 1 today. Not sure what that would matter, though. I am running office 2007.
Any thoughts?

Update: it appears that the problem is caused by office 2007. I can print fine from outlook, but the moment i try to print from word or excel, the printers disappear - and i need to reboot to get them back. Also, no one else in the office has the problem. They can all print fine.


Posted On: 2009-11-04 . View Related Posts . . View 10 Replies .

Desktop Icon Links Disappear

Because the desktop keeps losing my links, i have created a folder on my usb hard disk that contains my desktop links, so i can refresh them faster once they go missing (copy them to my desktop). Many times i come to the machine and the icons that point to objects on my usb hd are missing. The other icons are fine. It appears that the usb hd goes to sleep, some process refreshes the desktop, the desktop link target seems to be missing, the links are removed.

1.could this be what is happening?
2. Is there a fix.
3. Any reason why it does it saturday night. Every sunday morning halve of the desktop links are gone.


Posted On: 2010-04-11 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

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I was checking my emails, closed livemail, then reopened a few minutes later, and all my emails disappeared. I can find no dbx or eml files on my computer c drive (i can on my backup, but they are older ones, not the current. ). I have links to them, but the links don't word (i can see a reference, in recently read etc, but when i try to go there, it says it does not exist. I cant find them by word searching or terms search ( find message containing a specific word).

I have looked in the folder the computer says it store emails, but cannot open it, and don't want to force it open (select program) in case i blow it. File has about 2kb in  it, so i doubt it has many emails. Is there a solution? This happened soon after i first got windows 7, but i only lost a few emails. This is 8 months worth. I have tried a few things i found on the net, but i dont want to continue, because i might erase or corrupt them. The solutions do not seem to match my issue anyway.


Posted On: 2010-08-19 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

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For some reason, icons that i placed on my desktop mysteriously disappear, i have no idea why, can you help me?

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

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I have a administrator  user with name ali . I use these user for 2 month. And i save several files in my desktop cause my desktop was busy i unchecked desktop/view/show desktop icon. Today i create a new user (administrator type) with name private in my win7 home premium. I log in private and i try to access to my ali desktop folder from it. When i click on ali's desktop folder on c:/users/ali/ the desktop folder was disappear.

I try to use address bar by typing c:/users/ali/desktop to access ali's desktop folder in private user. And error appear (does not exist ). Now i log on in ali's user and my desktop was disappear. Recycle bin icon is appear. I dont know why my desktop files is deleted. I test desktop/view/show desktop icon but my desktop files was not appear my windows is original on my notebook sony vaio f115fm. I have very vital files on my dektop. Help me!


Posted On: 2010-08-07 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Hard Drive Not Available

I did an upgrade from vista to windows 7 home premium. I did a clean install, not an upgrade. I had 2 hard drives on the pc. At the start of the process, it asked it i wanted to partition drives. I responded yes and did the reboot from the disk. Each hard drive had 2 partitions under vista. I wanted to move to 1 partition under windows 7. It allowed me to delete the virtual drives and proceeded with the install. Everything when fine from there without any errors.

When i check my computer, only 1 of the drives is available. I went to device manager and the controller for the 2nd drive is there. It says it is working properly. I tried updating the driver and it said i had the latest driver. I checked the tab that shows drive statistics and it is blank. At the bottom there is a populate button. I clicked it and it displays the statistics for the drive correctly. It doesn't make it available. If i exit and come back in the statistics are blank again. I have done reboots and it is still not available under my computer. How do i get windows 7 to see this drive?


Posted On: 2009-10-28 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

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Posted On: 2010-03-07 . View Related Posts . . View 5 Replies .

Hard Drive Switch

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Posted On: 2010-04-30 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

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Posted On: 2009-12-22 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Reformat Hard Drive

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Posted On: 2010-08-05 . View Related Posts . . View 7 Replies .

Partition Hard Drive

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Posted On: 2010-04-05 . View Related Posts . . View 3 Replies .