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You need to set the right jumper settings for your hard drive to avoid conflict and format it

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Just yesterday my desktop pc worked fine but, today when I turned it on, it would not boot up as usual. I cant even boot up in safe mode or choose a restore point, nor can I install a new OS or repair...


It sounds like you have a bad hard drive. Your best bet is to install a new hard drive and install the OS onto it, then attempt to recover any data from the old hard drive externally using an external enclosure. Note any noises from the old hard drive like clicking (it's usually very loud and consistently timed), if you do notice anything then you won't be able to recover any data without spending a lot ($600 + ) of money.

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Ps3 says hard file disk corrupted and has to be restored but it just keeps doing this and has restored like 15 times and has not fixed itself. what can i do


1. Restore File System

Enter Safe Mode and select "Restore File System". "Restore File System" will attempt to repair damaged files on the hard drive. If this does not work, try the next step.


2. Rebuild Database

Enter Safe Mode and select "Rebuild Data Base". "Rebuild Data Base" will erase messages, playlists, changes made on [Information] screens, trimming information for pictures in [Photo], video thumbnails, video playback history and video resume information. Then attempt to rebuild the PlayStation 3 database. The content that is erased will not be recoverable. If this doesn't work, try the next step.


3. Restore PS3 System

Please note this will erase all content on the hard drive and will not be recoverable.

Enter Safe Mode and select "Restore PS3 System". "Restore PS3 System" will restore the default settings and will format the hard drive. If this doesn't work, try the next step.


4. Re-seat the hard drive

If you have replaced the hard drive in the PlayStation 3, make sure it was installed properly. If the hard drive is not seated correctly, it may cause problems.


5. Try another hard drive (if possible)

There may be an issue with the hard drive that is installed. Try replacing the hard drive with another one.




Feb 10, 2011 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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How do I disconnect (uninstall) a WD External Hard Drive from my computer? I am using a WD 3200AAK WD External Hard Drive and want to install a 1 TB WD External Hard Drive. I would like to use the old one...


External hard drives don't need any program installed on your computer to run. Your operating system Windows, Linux should handle it as soon as you plug the usb in your computer. The programs included in your WD external hard drive are tools to backup your data.

If you try to hook up your hard drive to a Windows prior to XP, maybe your computer will not handle it.

It is always safer to safely remove your drive using the green arrow icon in the lower right corner of your screen. This way, the drive is shut down properly and you minimize chances of fails when you plug it again on another computer.

Hope this helps!

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I have a Dell Inspiron 9300 with a blank screen; it only comes up in VGA or safe mode. I received the error message 1000-0146 after running the diagnostics. We have tried looking for the LCD panel switch...


That error code is pointing on your hard drive-it is going in Big Junkyard in Heaven. Try recovery console if you have original installation CD. If not,your need to take out stuff that your need and install another hard drive. Good luck and Happy Holidays!

Dec 27, 2010 | Dell Inspiron 9300 Notebook

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Aspier 5520 reboots constant. can open safe mode.


That you can start in safe mode tells me that your problem is caused by some software/driver you have installed lately or in worse case by a virus. You can start by starting the pc in safe mode and uninstalling what you have installed the last couple of days or if you have the possibility, restore your system to an earlier date! if it doesn't help, you should back your files up then format the hard drive and install Windows from scratch. OBS. you might have the recovery partition on your hard drive!
Good luck!

Feb 17, 2010 | Acer Aspire 5520-5908 Notebook

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Hard drive will not completely finish installing Vista Sp1.


Try booting in Safe Mode (press F8 during startup). Once in safe mode, see if you can see the update in the Add/Remove programs from the Control Panel. Make sure the select the "View updates" checkbox.
If it is there, try uninstalling it before you boot in regular mode again.

While in Safe Mode, also disable the automatic Windows update. You can then try to install it manually from the Microsoft site instead.

Microsoft has some more ideas on how to fix SP installation.

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Jul 16, 2009 | Samsung HM060HI Hard Drive

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Hard drive not installed


Hi,
Try booting from the Operating system disc, into the recovery console.
check when booted, where your hard drive is.

if not try safe mode, reboot tapping F8 while booting,
choose safe mode from list, check for hard drive when booted in places like,

My computer, device manager, anywhere on the desktop if you get there,

If your savvy, ESD kit, check connections to hard drive, swap out cables if poss.

it's on IDE so no SCSI driver issues..

But if powered up, and cannot be located on desktop after multiple checks,
That's a possible hard drive failure.

Regards.


Apr 11, 2009 | IBM ThinkPad T20 Notebook

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Generally, when a firewall or antivirus application fails to load, a virus is the suspect cause. Many viruses are designed to attack/disable the firewall/antivirus as to infect the system. If the operating system has beenn compromised to the point you can only boot in the safe mode, the likelyhood of removing the viruses and still being able to repair the operating system WITHOUT a clean reinstall of Windows is not great.

Things you can try.
  1. If you have more than one computer, see if you can connect this drive to a healthy system, and remove the infection.
  2. Run hardware diagnostics on the hard drive, as a hardware failure can mimic a software problem by files being damaged writing them to bad sectors of the media.
  3. If you can access the internet in safe mode with networking, or can access internet with another system, you can download several programs/tools to try to remove any infections. www.gur,in is one page with a large assortmant of tools to try to use to remove any infection. Sometimes you can install and run these in the safe mode or use safemsi.exe to enable some installers to run in the safe mode.
If the hard drive fails diagnostics then you will have to replace the hard drive. If it passes diagnostics, and attempts to remove infection fail, boot to XP cd, format the hard drive and do a clean install of windows the reinstall all drivers and applicaitons. If the format fails, replace the hard drive

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