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How to replace a hard drive.

WARNING:when you replace a hard drive, you need to re install windows.
Step 1- unplug your computer and wait at least 24 hours before going to step 2
Step 2- find and take out all screws AFTER 24 hours.
Step 3- take off the cover. this may take time
Step 4- draw a diagram of the hard drive and all wires connected to it. use color codes.
Step 5- take out all cables that are plugged into the old drive. Take out the drive.
Step 6- Put the new drive in. follow the diagram you made (you did do that part, right?) to reconnect the cables.
Step 7- put the cover back on and screw it in place.
Step 8- install windows

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How to format windows XP from CD


Here is The Step By Step Guide to Format or install win xp from a bootable CD

(Warning: Do it at your own risk, Back up all you data before formating the drive.)


Step1-Insert the windows XP cd in your cdrom and than go to the BIOS by hitting "DEL" or "F12? when your system in powering on. Go to Boot order and make sure cdrom is on the first place.
Save settings and restart your computer.
Once you have successfully booted from the CD, you will see the Windows XP "Welcome to Setup" screen. Press ENTER to begin the setup process.
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Step 2- License Agreement
When it shows about License Agreement just press F8(function key) to accept the agreement.
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Step 3: Previous Versions of Windows XP In this step setup will search for existing Windows installations. after search complete will see two option "R for repair or Esc to install fresh copy"
Note:screen will appear only if a Windows installation is already exists on your pc. If you're installing on a brand-new hard drive,you have to skip this option and see step 5.
krbshg_1.gif Step 4:To Continue installing fresh copy
Press ESC. You will be given a list of partitions available on your hard drive.
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Step 5: Partitions If there are multiple partitions on your hard drive, or you have multiple hard drives in the computer, use the UP or DOWN arrow keys to choose your install partition. Please note that your system partition needs to be a primary partition (usually the first partition that shows up in the list), not a logical partition.
The partition should be at least 10 GB in size. Make sure that all the data you need from this partition is copied elsewhere, because it will be deleted.
Once you have selected the right partition selected, press ENTER. You will see the next "you already have a system installed" screen only if you already have Windows installed on this partition. If you are installing on a brand-new hard drive, skip to Step 7.
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Step 6: Continue Installing On The Selected Drive Press C to continue. You will be given a list of install options
krbshg_5.gif Step 7: Format The Selected Partition Select the option to "Format the partition using the NTFS file system (quick) and press ENTER.You will receive a warning about formatting the drive unless the drive is brand-new.
krbshg_6.gif Step 8: Continue With The Format Press F to continue formatting selected partition. If you still haven't backed up, this is the last change to backup your important data, after this step you will not to able to go back and restore your data.
krbshg_7.gif Step 9: Copying Files After the format setup will automatically copy files and restart your computer. Go to BIOS and remove cdrom from first boot device. Start your computer.
krbshg_8.gif Step 10: Automatic Installation After RestartSetup will continue to install after the restart. it will ask you for the product key and user name etc. Fill the forms yourself.

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Jul 10, 2011 | Computers & Internet

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Hi,\r\n When i plug in my Western Hard Disk WD4000ME, its detected by the system and all files are shown, but I cannot copy those files back to the system. It gives the following error:- "The requst could not be performed because of an I/O error" Please help. Regards/ Shashi


An I/O error indicates an issue with the device driver(s) that handle input/output processes such as copying files to/from hard drives, data in resident memory (RAM) waiting to be processed by the CPU or the controller chipset that handles the primary calls to/from the subsystems or a faulty hard drive.
Below are a few solutions that may help resolve the issue and allow you to transfer your files:
Before proceeding, you will need the following:
A. Computer B. External USB Hard Drive C. USB Cable D. RAM Module (Replacement, if necessary) E. Hard Drive (Replacement, if necessary) F. USB Hard Drive Enclosure (Replacement, if necessary) G. USB Cable (Replacement, if necessary)
Note: Solutions B/C apply only to Windows OS.
Solution A. Faulty USB Cable
1. Replace the USB cable. 2. Connect USB hard drive to the computer. 3. Attempt to copy a file from the drive. 4. If successful, copy additional files, as needed. If not successful, skip down to Solution B, step #1.

Solution B. Locked I/O Processes
1. Press and hold the power button on your desktop/laptop for about 10 seconds (or until the system has powered off completely). Then release the power button. 2. Make sure the USB drive is plugged in. 3. Wait another 10 seconds and press the button once again to power on the computer. 4. Once logged in, attempt to copy a single file from the drive 5. If successful, go to step #6. If not successful, skip down to Solution C, step #1. 6. Continue to copy files from the drive. Make sure to pay attention to what files (if any) prompt the I/O error message. If you receive an I/O error, skip down to Solution C, step #1.

Solution C. Motherboard Device Driver Installation/Update
1. Click on the "Start" menu and click on "Control Panel". 2. A new window will open, double-click on "System". 3. A new window will open, click on "Device Manager". 4. A new window will open, listed in the hierarchy are all the hardware components installed on the desktop/laptop. Look for any devices that display either a red "X", yellow "!" or yellow "?". These devices have either incorrect, incomplete or missing drivers/software and need to be installed, as they might be the root cause of the trouble. 5. If any of the above icons are present, perform a Windows Update by visiting the site below:
http://update.microsoft.com
Perform any updates available on the software and hardware side. 6. Restart your computer. 7. Follow Solution C, steps #1-4 to determine if any drivers still need updates. 8a. If updates are not needed, attempt to copy files from the hard drive. If successful, go to step #9. If not successful, skip down to Solution D, step #1. 8b. If updates are needed, you may need to visit the support site for your desktop/laptop's make/model and download any missing drivers. 9. Continue copying files, as needed.

Solution D. Faulty RAM
1. Power off the desktop/laptop and disconnect all cables. 2. Open the desktop/laptop. 3. Remove all the existing RAM. 4. Install the replacement RAM. 5. Power on the desktop/laptop. 6. Connect USB hard drive. 7. Test by copying some files from your hard drive. 8. If successful, close your desktop/laptop and continue copying files, as needed. If not successful, remove replacement RAM and reinstall previous RAM and skip down to Solution E, step #1.

Solution E. USB Hard Drive Case Faulty I/O Board
1. Power off computer/desktop and disconnect all cables. 2. Open your USB external case. 3. Remove your existing hard drive. 4. Install hard drive into replacement USB case. 5. Power on your computer. 6. Connect your USB external drive. 7. Copy files from your external USB hard drive. 8. If successful, continue to copy files, as needed. If not successful, skip down to Solution F, step #1.

F. Hard Drive Malfunction
1. Power off computer/desktop and disconnect all cables. 2. Open your USB external case. 3. Remove your existing hard drive. 4. Install replacement hard drive into USB case. 5. Power on your computer. 6. Connect your USB external drive. 7. Copy files from your external USB hard drive. 8. If successful, continue to copy files, as needed. If not successful, this could be an indiction of a much larger problem in the form of a Motherboard issue.
If the motherboard is malfunctioning, this is a sign of bigger things to come and will require a replacement board in order to correct.
In the event that the motherboard needs replacement, depending on the make/model of the desktop/laptop, the cost could range from $35-120 for 3rd-party boards or $85-300+ for consumer-level systems from manufacturers such as HP, Dell, etc. and $350-1000 from Apple.
If your desktop/laptop is still covered by the manufacturer's warranty or 3rd-party extended warranty, any hardware component that needs replacement should be covered at little to no out of pocket expense to the end-user. This also includes the external USB hard drive, as well.

Aug 15, 2010 | Western Digital Passport 320GB External...

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i have a iprodrive external hard drive and my laptop does not reconize it any more. the last time i used it i did not disconnect properly. is there a way to reset it


Here a step by step guide i found as i surf the net last week. Read along.

  1. Step 1 Log in to your computer as the administrator.
  2. Step 2 Install the external drive software from the CD that comes with your external hard drive.
  3. Step 3 Use the USB cable that came with your external hard drive and plug one end of the cable into your hard drive and the other into the USB port in your computer.
  4. Step 4 Give Windows a moment to recognize the external drive and to assign it a drive letter.
  5. Step 5 Go to the "My Computer" icon and double-click on it.
  6. Step 6 Choose the newly created external drive letter in the right-hand explorer window.
  7. Step 7 Right-click on the external drive letter and choose "format" from the drop-down box.
  8. Step 8 Choose "quick format" from the format options section from the next pop-up box.
  9. Step 9 Click the "Start" button.
  10. Step 10 Click the "OK" button in the Format warning box.
  11. Step 11 Click the "OK" button in the "format complete box" to finish the process.

Should you have any questions regarding this post feel free to post it here.
  • Step 2 Install the external drive software from the CD that comes with your external hard drive.
  • Step 3 Use the USB cable that came with your external hard drive and plug one end of the cable into your hard drive and the other into the USB port in your computer.
  • Step 4 Give Windows a moment to recognize the external drive and to assign it a drive letter.
  • Step 5 Go to the "My Computer" icon and double-click on it.
  • Step 6 Choose the newly created external drive letter in the right-hand explorer window.
  • Step 7 Right-click on the external drive letter and choose "format" from the drop-down box.
  • Step 8 Choose "quick format" from the format options section from the next pop-up box.
  • Step 9 Click the "Start" button.
  • Step 10 Click the "OK" button in the Format warning box.
  • Step 11 Click the "OK" button in the "format complete box" to finish the process.

  • Read more: How to Reset an External Hard Drive | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/how_4840145_reset-external-hard-drive.html#ixzz0YYmAf0Ra

    Jul 24, 2010 | Computers & Internet

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    need to factor reset,|NOT REBOOT, for acer aspire 3630 windows xp


    Hi and welcome to Fixya..

    Reinstalling Windows XP on an Acer Aspire 3000 is fairly straightforward. You may need to reinstall Windows XP due to hardware failure, a virus infection, major hardware changes or a hard drive upgrade. Whatever the reason, you can do the reinstall yourself at home. The reinstall will take anywhere from 1 1/2 to 3 hours, depending on the size of your hard drive. Be aware that reinstalling Windows XP will format your hard drive, getting rid of all data on, so you'll want to back it all up on a media device.
    • Step 1
    Back up all data on your computer before reinstalling.
  • Step 2 Insert the Windows XP disk and restart your computer.
  • Step 3 Press any key when prompted to begin running the disk.
  • Step 4 Press F8 to agree to the terms of service.
  • Step 5 Choose the partition you want to reinstall Windows XP on. This is usually "C:" for most users.
  • Step 6 Choose the type of format. You can choose either "Quick" or "Full" for NTFS systems. A quick format only takes a few minutes less than the full format.
  • Step 7 Wait for the format to complete. The Windows XP installation wizard will begin. You will be asked to choose your time zone, computer name, and to input any network information. Otherwise, the reinstall will run by itself.


  • I hope this helps

    Oct 15, 2009 | Acer Computers & Internet

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    I can not delete unreadable/corrupt music(MP3) files


    When your iriver H10 has corrupt files you may want to solve the issue by formatting the player's hard drive.
    This is how I did it with my H10 5GB (so called 'MTP device' thats recognized by Windows as a portable device i.e. "Windows Portable devices".
    To do so follow 2 steps: step 1: Format the hard drive of your H10. step 2: Re-install the player's firmware.
    step 1: Format the hard drive of your H10: --------- 1. Make sure your H10 is turned off and disconnected from the computer. 2. Take out the battery, wait a second, and put the battery back in. 3. Turn on the hold switch (so that you don't accidentally turn the H10 on all the way). 4. Plug the H10 into your computer. 5. Turn on the H10 while holding the "O" button. On your H10 screen You will see the message "UMS Mode" if you have done everything correctly. You can now let go of the "O" button. 6. On your computer, start Windows Explorer, navigate to the drive, right click and select 'Format'.

    step 2: Re-install the player's firmware. --------- 1. Download and install iriver Firmware Updater v2.4.0.0. I found a downloadable copy on this website: http://www.opendrivers.com/driver/237145/iriver-firmware-updater-v2.4.0.0-for-mtp-devices-windows-free-download.html 2. Start the newly installed software and follow the Wizard. I clicked the 'USA' button when asked where I bought the device. This should install the MTP firmware. 3. Wait for the software to complete and disconnect your device from the computer. 4. Wait for your device to install the new Firmware.

    Oct 01, 2009 | iRiver H10 MP3 Player

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