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Re: P.C Hard drive problems
Are you sure there is not a USB drive or thumb drive plugged into it? If there is nothing else that it is trying to boot from your operating system is gone or not operational. You would need to reload the OS. Hope this helps.
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Sometimes when a flash memory stick fails because it was not removed from the USB port properly. If the device is removed by just pulling it out of the USB port, it can cause the flash device to fail, you must click on the Safely Remove Hardware icon on the Task Bar and select the device you wish to remove and only do so when instructed to do so. When the flash memory device appears to malfunction it maybe possible to restore it by reformatting it. Insert the flash drive into the USB port then Click on Control Panel - Administrative Tools - Computer Management - Disk Management. Then right click on Disk 1 removable drive and click Format. After the flash drive has been formatted it will indicate that it is Healthy. You need to format the external drive. Format the drive as primary drive and in FAT32. (FAT32 will allow data to be exchanged between MACs and PCs). Insert the external hard drive into the USB port then Click on Control Panel - Administrative Tools - Computer Management - Disk Management. Then right click on Disk 1 removable drive and click Format. After the flash drive has been formatted it will indicate that it is Health.
Check that your usb connector is ok i think problem will be there. Hope this be of initial help/idea. Pls post back as requested, how things turned up or should you need additional information.
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there may be several reasons as to why your puter is doing this. lets do some basic checks to try to get past this safe startup and into a regular startup.
1. ensure your power supply is good. many times a brown out or surge may cause a default as you have. this is done by doing common sense things as ensuring the power cord is completely plugged in at the power supply and into the back of the unit. (a simple loose connection will kick up this window u mentioned). ensure all connections to your cpu unit are secure as well as the wall power supply if you have a ups take it off line....for this
2. if you are able disassemble the unit (cpu) and ensure all cards are properly seated or if you in the recent past have installed a new item (video card, memory, or ect) you can reseat it or remove it. also. take necessary precautions.
3. software- if all the above items dont do it for you. your issue may be software. as mentioned above you can do a soft reset. first set the bios to default. if problem isnt fixed go to windows xp bios for the soft reset. this will attempt to repair drivers ect on windows and usually dosent affect files.
4. hard reset- this will erase all data currently on ur system. hard decision but you can do it. do you have dual hard disk drive. c and a D or other letter identifes second drive. this probably the last resort you want to take especially if you want old files. keep in mine however there are programs out there that will scan your hard drives for old files and they can sometimes be recovered. do the homework..on someone elses computer...bad joke.
anyway this is a simple approach and i hope your experience with ends up as a good one.
Did your WD 500 come with software? If so have you installed the software? Does windows see the new external hard drive under my computer? You can always drop and drag files and folders directly to your new hard drive. What operating system are you using? Please answer questions and then we will go from there.
Bad news...it sounds like your hard drive is either dying or corrupted.
Here is what I would do first...Google "seatools" this is a set of software tools that you can use to test your hard drive. It's made by Seagate, but I've succesfully used it on other manufacturer's drives. Does you computer have a floppy drive? If not then you'll need to download the version of seatools that can be burned onto a CD. You'll also need software that will allow you to burn a "bootable" CD. If you don't have this capability and you don't have a floppy drive, then you're going to need to find someone who can burn the bootable CD for you.
Assuming you can get seatools put the CD (or floppy) in the computer and let follow the steps to let it test your hard drive. It's pretty straight forward.
If you're very lucky it may be able to fix your problems. If not you may need to reformat your hard drive or possibly you'll need a new hard drive.
If you have lots of important files on your computer that are not backed up then do not reformat the drive. Go buy a new one and install Windows on the new drive but also install the old drive. Many times the drive has problems that will prevent you from booting, but you can use it a bit longer as a second drive in the computer so you can recover your files.