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Seagate manufactures both internal and external hard drives, and their sleep modes can be managed in different ways. The hard drive is one of the top energy consumers among computer-hardware components, and Windows operating systems support options to reduce power consumption. Internal hard drives are typically turned off and stop spinning ("sleep" mode) after a certain period of system inactivity. However, the system usually takes longer to come back when the hard drive's sleep mode is activated. Furthermore, turning off hard drives may result in failure of some constantly running applications. Windows includes options to turn off sleep modes for internal hard drives, and external hard drives can be managed using a utility program.
Log in to an administrator account and click the "Start" button in the lower left corner of the screen. Click "Control Panel" and then "Systems and Maintenance." b> Click on "Power Options." Open "Change plan settings" under your current power plan. Note "Radio button" is selected for the current plan. Click "Change advanced power settings." Expand the entry "hard drive" by clicking on the "+" sign. Click on "+" to expand the entry "Turn off hard disk after." Select "Never" for this option and click "OK." b> In Windows XP Log in to an administrator account and click the "Start" button in the lower left corner of the screen. Click "Control Panel" and switch to the "Category" view on the left panel. Then click on "Performance and Maintenance." Click on "Performance and Maintenance" and open "Power Options." The select the tab "Power Schemes." Using drop-down list, set the option "Never" for "Turn off hard drives." Click "OK." b> Using "NoSleepHD" for External Hard Drives b> Click on the "NoSleepHD program" link in Resources. Click "I Agree" and save the program (as a zip file) on your computer. Open a folder where you have saved the file using Windows Explorer. Right-click on the zip file and select "Extract All." Then click "Extract" to get the program file "NoSleepHD v1.0.exe." Double-click on the program (.exe) file to execute NoSleepHD. Click "Select External Hard Drive" in the Program menu and choose your Seagate external hard drive. Choose "10 minutes" under the option "Write File every" and click "Start NoSleep Mode." The program will write an empty string every 10 minutes to the Seagate hard drive and prevent it from going into sleep mode. Hope this helps.
restart your computer repeatedly tapping the f8 key to enter safe mode while the screen is black once in safe mode where the only things working will be your keyboard and mouse allowing you to attempt to repair your computer
Windows Advanced Options Menu
Please select an option:
Safe Mode Safe Mode with Networking Safe Mode with Command Prompt
Enable Boot Logging Enable VGA mode Last Known Good Configuration (your most recent settings that worked) Directory Services Restore Mode (Windows domain controllers only) Debugging Mode
Start Windows Normally Reboot Return to OS Choices Menu
Use the up and down arrow keys to move the highlight to your choice
you could select the safe mode option and see if you can get the extended desktop again but first you will have to find out why it crashed
if you select last known good configuration that worked it might give you an idea
I see your hard drive stopped working, any errors on the Hard drive when trying to turn the system on? do you get a blue screen? or just a black screen when the system is turned on?
Try going into safe mode, turn the computer ON then keep on tapping F8 to get the options menu select safe mode see if windows will boot p from there then you can back up any files you need and most likely reinstalling windows will be best to avoid the problem from happening again.
Also reinstalling windows will give you more details if the hard drive the the one that caused it to top or a different device.
If reinstalling stops and gives you a blue screen then most probably the hard drive is faulty or shall I say not anymore bootable, but if it works on safemode then you can try reinstalling windows see if windows installs then great, but if it result to a blue screen you will have to find out what is causing that...
this can be a faulty RAM on the system or a faulty Video Card if your video card is an expansion video card not a built in video card.
Also if you hear a clicking noise from the Hard Drevie then the problem is the HDD itself and needs replacing.
2 Immediately insert your Windows XP install CD. As the computer boots, a boot menu will appear (if you did not insert the CD in time, you will not see the menu; in this event, simply reboot the computer again).
3 Select the option to boot from the CD. A setup screen will soon appear.
4 Press the "R" button on your keyboard at the setup screen in order to open the repair console.
5 Type in the administrator account's log in password if you are prompted to do so. If there is no log in password, simply leave the password slot blank and continue. After this step, a command prompt will appear.
6 Type in "chkdsk" (minus the quotation marks) and press "Enter." Allow the operation to run.
7 Type "Exit" (again, minus the quotation marks) when the operation is complete, and press "Enter." If your computer boots correctly, great! If not, move on to the next step.
8 Reboot and repeat Steps 3 through 5.
9 Type "fixboot" (minus the quotation marks) and press "Enter." Once it is complete, repeat Steps 7 to 8.
10 You might need to reinstall your operating system.
Upon starting the computer keep pressing the F8 key and the screen till come up with many options listed. Choose the command prompt or it may say start with the C: mode or safe start with the Command
When the DOS screen appears you want it to be in the Windows Dir. if its not showing the just type in cd/ windows and it will show up
Next type in format c:
That will erase the total hard drive
Just follow the instructions
Here are some solution that might help
Do a fresh install, used the original Operating system CD
Install Norton ghost 2010 or Acronis Migrate on your OLD HDD and make your new HDD as Slave then Clone your Old HDD to the new one..
If only two months old, you are probably using Vista. On the toshiba, you can hold down the power button for a few seconds and it will turn off the unit. If that doesn't work there is a small hole near the power input that is a reset button. You need to use something like a paper clip to push into the hole to reset. After a few seconds try turning the thing back on. If you cannot get it to come back on, then you need to take it back to the seller to get benefit from the warranty. Sometimes windows xp and or Vista, just get hung up, and the only way to get it back to normal is the process shown above. Good luck.
Put your windows xp disc in the drive and boot up from it, run windows repair or failing that reinstall on the upgrade option to keep your files and programs. If that fails, you will have to do a full instal.