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Changed/Added Hard Drive and Now I have problems

By jerryrm2k ·
I changed hard drives. I had an 80 Gig and added a 160 Gig. I left the 80 Gig the master and made the 160 Gig the slave. Then, I used the Western Digital program that came with the 160, Data Lifeguard Tools(Maybe I should have used Ghost, instead!), to copy the files from the 80 to the 160. After that I switched master and slave since I wanted the 160 as the master.

I am using Norton System Works 2004 as a computer help program and have used it regularly. When I ran it after changing HD's around, it showed a lot of errors.

I can run the WinDoctor and it gives me a bunch of problem areas mostly Invalid Active X/COM Entries (100 problems). Those I can automatically repair.

But the one that worries me is: Drive Change from C to E. (177 problems) A removable drive has been inserted or removed, or, a director was moved to a new drive causing drive C to appear as drive E. These problems should not be fixed automatically.

If I can't repair them automatically, I have no idea what to do to repair them. I did notice that when I tried to optimize, it got an error message that said it failed to open and I can't open it. I don't know if its related to all those errors or not.

Also, I noticed that MS Outlook opens up but won't successfully send or receive. Also, MS Word wants to "install" and then gives and error message but then goes ahead and works.

Anyway, can you tell me what to do to help with the drive change problem?

Thank you very much.


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Hard Drive config

by crazy_injun43 In reply to Changed/Added Hard Drive ...

Does your system detect the drives during POST, If not go into the sytem BIOS setup program and and set your drives to auto-detect during POST. Also change your boot sequence order so the system boots in this order 1.First Boot Device CD-ROM 2nd Boot Device floppy drive 3. 3rd Boot device Hard drive . Are your jumpers on your drives set properly? Also alot of boards have the primary and secondary IDE controllers' connectors to be used with Cable select type IDE cables, for more info check out this link it has ALOT of info on everything computer.

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set up your hard drive

by mrcblake1 In reply to Hard Drive config

You are right you should have used ghost. Anyway just copy it again with ghost. That should fix everything. What ever is on the 80 gig will be on the 160 gig. If the 80 has problems so will the 160, if it has no problems then the 160 won't either.
Just to be on the safe side I would format it then ghost it. You can do a quick format with this command "format c: /q", then reboot and ghost. done.

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Another tidbit...

by dubdays In reply to set up your hard drive

You may also want to clear out the master boot record when you format the large drive before ghosting it. To do this, either:

1: Use a Win 98 CD and use the command "fdisk {drive letter of new drive} /mbr"
For example, c> fdisk d: /mbr

2: Or, boot with a Windows 2000/XP disc, let it run through it's stuff, and get into the recovery console. MAKE SURE YOU'RE USING THE RIGHT HARD DRIVE! It will ask for the administrator password, and then you'll be at the console. Type "h" for help, and you'll see the "FIXMBR" command. This is the one you'll want to use. Type "exit", and the machine will procede to restart and you can ghost from there.

On a side not, in case you're not aware, ghost will resize your original partition (if there's only one) to the size of the new disk. So if you had one big 80GB partition on your old drive, you'll have all the data on the new one, but your free space will increase by 80GB.

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Wrong forum

by deepsand In reply to Changed/Added Hard Drive ...

This is a tech. problem, in search of a solution.

It properly belongs in "Technical Q&A," not in "Discussions."

Please re-post there.

Thank you.

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