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No disk selected or disk unusable

When trying to do the backup window opes : no disk selected or disk unusable

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I suggest that you use USBDeview from Nirsoft to remove the older instances of the HD then try to reconnect.

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Why won't Windows Error Recovery tools work?


This means that the hard drive is corrupted such that the Windows Recovery tools can't solve the problem. You may have lost the MBR or the partition table.

The PASS means that there are no bad sectors. However, it doesn't check for bad files. If the problem is in the MBR, you will need a Windows OS install or upgrade disk for your OS (x32 or x64) or a recovery disk. Some members of a Windows Users group may have spare copies of the install disks. Alternatively, a third-party partiton management recovery disk may work. I hope you have a recent backup though since restoring from the backup may be needed.

If the problem is with the MBR, press F12 repeatedly on powering up the computer. Select the CD/DVD drive from the list (This is the one-time boot option. If you miss the timing, power down and retry.) With a Windows CD/DVD, follow the on-screen prompts to access the disk and choose Repair your computer. (This option is in smaller text below the Install now button.) Select the command prompt option. From here: type in "bootrec.exe /ScanOs" (without the quotes) and press enter. If any Windows installs are found, you are good to continue. The command, bootrec.exe /RebuildBcd , may be sufficient. If it isn't, use the bootrec.exe /FixMbr and bootrec.exe /FixBoot commands after rebuilding the BCD file. (Press enter between each set of commands.) Try starting the computer and create a new backup soon if it works. For other partition tools, follow their directions for MBR repairs.

If bootrec.exe /ScanOs doesn't find any Windows installations, try accessing other drive letters until you find your Windows OS. (For example, type C: or D: and press enter. Then type dir and enter.) If you have access to another computer, pull the drive and use a hard drive dock or USB to hard drive adapter to check the disk out elsewhere. I recently had a drive that reported having a RAW format with most tools. In my case, I was able to use a specific recovery tool, TestDisk for Windows, to salvage a few files that were newer than the last backup. Sometimes, this tool will be able to recover the partition table. (Use this tool with extreme care, it may render any original hidden backup partition unusable.) There are other disk recovery tools out there; some may work. You may want to run additional disk health tests while at this second machine.

If the system is faulty but the drive is otherwise healthy, restore using your last backup or the Dell Backup and Restore Utility. The Utility may be in that list of options after you press F8. (Note: the Dell Backup and Restore will return the system to the factory settings. Since the system started with XP and the above header indicates the Vista OS, there may not be a recovery partition available. Similarly, if you upgraded the hard drive, the recovery partition might not be usable.) Follow the directions from your manual/on-screen. If your backups are on CD/DVD or you have a recovery disk, use the F12 process to access the backup.

I will admit that with the recent drive I just fixed, the restore from the back up left a problem. This system was a Win8.1 drive and ended up with a MFT mirror issue. I solved this with the chkdsk c: /offlinescanandfix command on the next restart. (This is a switch option only available with newer Windows systems and the NTFS file system. The usual command would be chkdsk c: /f /r /x .)

I hope this helps.

Cindy Wells
(The Windows 8.1 system above had a hard drive replacement 2 years ago and was built in late 2008.)

Mar 30, 2015 | Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium with...

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Have a Dell computer. OS is Win VISTA. Got warning message of potential hard diskfailure. Disk Name is SMASUNG HD642JJ ATA Device Volume: D:\:C: I've tried restoring from a restoration...


Hi

The option is backup take is external drive, how to take the Drive backup.
  1. Go to Disk properties and select the tools and down 'Backup Now" option showing click that option.
  2. Now the new windows will open. click the next and Choose the Backup file option and click "next" now choose the last option " Let me choose " Option and select the driver or document that you take the backup then click Next.
  3. Now you have to give the path where you want to save that backup and give the name.
  4. Then click Next and the backup process is start
When the backup is finish after that you have to format the drive. After formatting the driver you and install the New windows, again go to the D:/ properties and select the "Tools" and click the "backup Now" you get new windows click next the second windows show two option select the "Restore file " option and select the backup path that we take in external drive and click next
now wait few minute you backup is restoring the file..


God Luck



Sep 15, 2011 | Samsung HD 40GB ATA-6 | HD040GJ - % Hard...

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How to backup files and folders


did you install the software included on the seagate?
if not install it and you can setup the back up/schedule.
or you can use windows backup to schedule backups to the seagate drive.

Mar 05, 2011 | Seagate FreeAgent Pro 500GB External USB...

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I bought a StoreJet 25M 640 external hard drive. When i try to use it with my MacBook Pro I am told I have to reformat the HDD. Is this right? How do I do this?


It is dependent on whether you are solely going to use the Hard drive with your macbook or whether you may use it on a PC as well. If you are going to use it with just the mac format it in Mac format if with PC and Mac format it for a PC.

You format the drive using disk utility which can be found by opeing up the applications folder and then the utilities folder. Open up disk utility and then on the left hand side select your hard drive, then select erase from the right. For Mac formatting under Volume Format select "Mac OS Extended (Journaled)" then name the drive and then click "Erase..." For PC formatting under the Volume Format select "MS-DOS (Fat)" Remember reformatting will wipe any information from the drive.

Hope this helps.

Dec 15, 2010 | Transcend StoreJet 25 Mobile 500GB USB 20...

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How do I do a full recovery with the disc


Turn your computer on.

Insert the Disk and choose to enter BIOS, should be F2 but watch the screen to see the right function key.

Change the boot device order to: CD-ROM, HDD in that order.

Save changes and restart the computer.

The Recovery Disk would boot up and a wizard will guide you through the recovery process.

Follow the instructions to recover your computer.

Apr 03, 2010 | Acer Aspire 3050-1733 Notebook

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Hi! My IBM R52 Notebook has gotten pretty slow. What shall do to get it quicker again and how can I formate the notebook! thanks for your valuabl advise in advance, rp


Try cleaning up your unused programs and files using disk cleanup and defragment your drive using disk defragmenter.
To formaer your drive and reinstall the OS, run the computers recovery wizard, or insert the recovery disk that came with your computer.
If you do not ahve a recovery disk or recovery program, use a windows installation disk like windows vista, windows XP DVD to format and reinstall the OS.
Make sure to backup the stuff you want before attempting this!

Nov 07, 2009 | IBM ThinkPad R52 Notebook

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Can any body help in suggesting how do i detect 500Gb SATA Hard Disk on a Windows 2000 Platform, when i connect it shows only 131GB Capacity HDD please advise and give me solutions


If this is a newer computer, your disk may not be partitioned properly / fully. You can check this by going to the system's storage management appliction like this:

  1. Start the MMC (Start - Run - MMC)
  2. Select "Add/Remove Snap-in" from the Console menu
  3. Click Add
  4. Select Disk Management and click Add
  5. Select Local Computer and click Finish
  6. Click Close
  7. Click OK to the main dialog
  8. Locate the disk in question
  9. Make sure the partition(s) span the entire disk
If the entire disk isn't being used by a single partition, you have two choises:

1. Add a new partition for the unused disk space
2a. Backup al data on the disk, and delete the partition
2b. create a new partition to span the entire disk, and then right-click and format it.

If the entire disk isn't being reported, you may need to update the motherboard bios.



Nov 03, 2009 | Intel Computers & Internet

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Install the eRecovery drivers for aspire 5715Z


First ensure you have enabled D2D from Bios, If bios settings are OK then that message often comes up when E recovery partition is damaged.

Possible solutions are calling Acer and getting a disk to restore recovery partition (best way to proceed)

Or downloading and installing drivers from acer website

Here is recovery procedure from manual, to ensure you are doing corrrectly:

Create backup
You can create and save backup images to hard disk, CD or DVD.
1 Boot to Windows XP
2 Press Alt + F10 to open the Acer eRecovery Management utility.
3 Enter the password to proceed. The default password is six zeros.
4 In the Acer eRecovery Management window, select Recovery settings and
click Next.
5 In the Recovery settings window, select Backup snapshot image and
click Next.
6 Select the backup method.
a Use Backup to HDD to store the backup disk image on drive D:.
b Backup to optical device to store the backup image on CD or DVD.
7 After choosing the backup method, click Next.
Follow the instructions on screen to complete the process.
Restore from backup
You can restore backups previously created (as stated in the Create backup
section) from hard disk, CD or DVD.
1 Boot to Windows XP.
2 Press Alt + F10 to open the Acer eRecovery Management utility.
3 Enter the password to proceed. The default password is six zeros.
4 In the Acer eRecovery Management window, select Recovery actions and
click Next.
5 Select the desired restore action and follow the onscreen instructions to
complete the restore process


Here Acer download page: Acer Service & Support

May 05, 2009 | Computers & Internet

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Thank you for your answer concerning new USB devices


you will loose current system information (what program is installed) but not saved data onto the disk.

backup the current registry before applying the old one and reboot the computer after applying the old registry. this is the last resort and it might render your computer unusable (windows will not load). only do this as a step to try before deciding to re-install windows.

the registry is windows itself.

Dec 17, 2008 | Microsoft Windows XP Professional With...

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Disk defragmenter


Hi,
Does the disk need Defragmenting ??
if your concerned about having no-Backup device, i,d suggest either getting a DVD Writer, so that you can backup to DVD.
Or purchasing a memory card-reader with a 2-4 gig memory card, The other alternative, is to buy an external hard-drive.
Theres also a windows program, disk cleanup. which can help you cleanup unused files and folders.
Finally, you could re-install windows, or look for an alternative defragmenting program.
Mike @ Compurepair.

Feb 22, 2008 | Microsoft Windows XP Professional for PC

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