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Hard drive turning on and off repeatedly

Hello. After running windows live update from the windows website, my computer worked. the next morning when i turned it on, the hard drive turns on and off immediately, repeatedly. The drive is no longer detected by the BIOS. All of this just after downloading all my digital photos!

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Re: hard drive turning on and off repeatedly

Just restore ur system to previous date so that everything may go fine ...

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Windows 7 Cannot find drivers for Maxell 4 GB USB 360

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USB Flash drives use a standard windows driver. This means that the first thing to test is to see if any other USB drives works on your dell laptop. The second thing to test is to use a different USB port. This should eliminate hardware failure. I would recommend simply toing into device manager and look for the universal serial bus controllers. Listed will be all the USB drives. You can simply uninstall all the drives and restart the computer. This will force windows to reinstall the drivers.

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How to restore corrupted BIOS of presario cq60 laptop

Whenever you upgrade the BIOS on your notebook, a copy of the previous version is stored in the HP TOOLS partition of your hard disk drive. Many HP notebook computers have an emergency BIOS recovery feature that allows you to recover and install the last known good version of the BIOS from the hard drive, as long as the hard drive remains functional. This emergency recovery feature is separate from the BIOS and is designed to work in the event of a catastrophic BIOS failure.To recover an earlier version of the BIOS on your notebook:
  1. Turn off the computer.
  2. Plug the notebook into power using the power adapter.
  3. Press and hold the Windows key and the B key down at the same time while the computer is off.
  4. Still pressing those keys, press and hold down the Power button on the notebook for 3 seconds and then release the Power button and the keys. The screen remains blank for about 40 seconds before anything appears on the display. You might also hear beeping sounds. Eventually, an HP BIOS Update screen displays.note.pngNOTE:If the computer fails to display an HP BIOS Update screen, press and hold the Power button for 5 seconds to turn off the computer. Wait 5 seconds and try again. If, after repeated attempts, you cannot open the HP BIOS Update screen, your computer does not support this function or it has a hardware problem that is preventing the tool from opening.Figure 1: HP BIOS Update screenc03376208.jpg
  5. When the BIOS has been recovered, a Continue Startup button displays and timer counts down. You can click Continue Startup to restart the computer or you can allow the timer to reach zero and the computer will restart automatically.Figure 2: HP BIOS Update screenc03376209.jpg
  6. After restoring the BIOS, if the computer repeatedly displays a message that the BIOS has been reset, then perform the steps in HP BIOS Application Selected is Corrupt or Missing .
  7. After restarting, Windows may display a message stating that the computer was improperly shut down or that a boot problem was detected. Read and respond to the screens to continue.

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First, please disconnect all USB devices and then perform the following steps:

Click "Start" button, type "devmgmt.msc" (without quotation marks) in the "Search" bar and press "Enter". Click "Continue" if necessary.

In Device Manager, double click to expand "Universal Serial Bus controllers", right click on the Host Controller, click "Uninstall" and click "OK".

Repeat the step 2 to uninstall all items under "Universal Serial Bus controllers".

Then, restart your computer and Windows 7 will reinstall all USB controllers automatically.

for xp

click start control panel administrative tools computer management device manager scroll down universal serial bus controllers you could see a yellow question / exclamation mark? ! or a red X

you will need to update/reinstall drivers

right click to reinstall drivers

if you can see your usb but its not working

ports(com&lpt)right click update driver

sometimes the wires inside the cable will be damaged due to bending or stretching or placing heavy equipment upon the cable

just replace the cable of the hard disk, when you plugged the external disk drive you got that windows could recognize the USB device change the cable everything should work fine again,

if you can see your usb drive but its not working

ports (com&lpt) right click update driver if this fails to fix the problem

check the USB leads that attach to the motherboard usually red white green black make sure they are securely seated and have no dust build up on them dust will cause static and a lot of unforeseen problems to a computer and its parts

if this fails to fix the problem
Downloads to Recover Your Files and Save Your Bacon and 10 Best Free Hard Drive Utilities.

Some addition links found on Google

hope this helps

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The sign kept coming up asking me to update to windows live no mention of money so i think i did i now have some new pgs on my computer but it keeps on asking me to sigh up and some things i try to do my...

You need to have a validated copy of Windows, then you REALLY DO WANT to update windows often. The updates typically deal with security based issues. And all of this updating is FREE, except for your time, of course.

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When I originally formatted my LaCie Petit hard drive, it was on a laptop computer with windows vista. I often have trouble accessing the information on the hard drive on other computers, specifically,...


The reason 7 sees it properly and XP has trouble is because XP is running on an older revision of NTFS and both Vista and 7 use a newer version. Try running windows update on the XP computer, when the Express and Custom buttons come up select custom. If the next screen offers a service pack skip it and continue to the custom list the first time. Once in the custom list you will see the Critical updates list in the center frame, look down the left frame and select Software Updates, then check all of the boxes in the software list in the center frame. Repeat this with the hardware list.
Select review and install, then select install from the install page.

Once the updating process completes, reboot the XP computer if it doesn't force you to. Once up again, rerun the update process and if it offers you a service pack accept it and then take a nap or go for a long walk as it will take quite a bit of time to complete. Again when done reboot, wether you needed the service pack or not repeat the first set of instructions for custom updates until none are left. Some only show up after others are installed.

When this process is complete, try the drive out on the XP computer, the service pack should have resolved the issue but if not you can always copy the data off the drive to any one of your computers then format the external using your XP computer and then copy the data back as the XP format will work fine on Vista and 7 but you will have to deal with a pop up almost every time you plug the drive into the two newer computers asking to scan and repair the drive, ALWAYS SAY NO as this reformats the drive without backing up.

Hope this helps FixYa,


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WDDM service not running. It's only happening to my new computer, my old one opens the 1 Tb hard drive just fine. What gives?

Im guessing since you didnt clarify that your NEW computer is running Windows 7 and the old one is running XP or an early version of Vista. The WDDM service software is picky with windows 7. You should download DirectX 11 and update the wddm drivers to 1.1 from the microsoft website.

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Hard Drive not accessible, now not recognised by computer

Do you have another computer you can plug it into? The problem could be with your USB. If it is, see what updates you installed and then removed that may have affected that. You can also go to the manufacturers web site and download the original firmware or updated firmware files.

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a windows update may have run and killed the drivers...try rolling the system back to before the problem started, then if updates run again..and set them to download but dont install..install them updates and see if the problem re-appears.

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