April 3, 2009 at 8:25 pm #31685
ok so i was installing Lynux and seemed slow but figured it just cause it such huge file,walked away went did some neglected housework,came back i found message on screen “has encountered a problem installation could not be completed.Do i try again? Since i did try the repair method off the dell windows xp service pk 2 disc didn't seem to do anything :(?April 4, 2009 at 12:35 am #31686
ok, well if the repair method did not work…There are only a couple options left, if you had a way to get your files off it would be easier 😀because you cant install linux im going to guess you wont be able to do a non-lethal reinstall of xp, without it failing.so, i have no... easy... ideasif it were me, i would at least try to put the HD in the other pc. BUT i would wait for a while and see if we get anymore ideas ><April 4, 2009 at 1:37 am #31687
There are other things that can be done, for sure. I think its unlikely that just sticking the hard drive in another pc will work. The other PC would have to have identical motherboard and drivers to the original to stand alone. Accessing the volume from another drive isnt as simple as you might think either, since both would have their own copy of windows.Most of the stuff Merlin or I could attempt to do now would be quite advanced, and not really stuff we could walk you through, as there are too many variables to deal with along the way.If Linux wouldnt install, my guess is that it means that the installation disc was unable to find sufficient contiguous usable space on the drive. This means either the drive was too full, or the whole hard drive is dying, and even the unused sectors are not usable.Obviously you dont wish to risk losing all your files, and if you attempt anything too much more advanced then thats what you risk doing.I dont want to get the blame for giving you advice which loses all your stuff!I'm really sorry we werent able to fix the problem for you, but it really sounds like your hard drive is dying. Its surprisingly common these days. As you can imagine, its possible to fit hundreds of copies of the Encyclopedia Brittanica on a modern hard drive, and I constantly marvel at how they can do this in such a small package. The technology involved is amazing, but also highly sensitive, and faults are still common. I have had 2 week old hard drives fail.My recommendation is to take the tower to a quality repair shop, and ask them to install a new drive and transfer the files from the old one. I would estimate less than US$50 for a hard drive, and 2-3 hours labour, depending on how much of a problem it turns out to be and how skillful the repair guy is.Again, I am sorry we cant really help you further, but as Merlin has said, we have no ... easy.. ideas. If someone else has an easy way of doing this, we would love to hear it, but I think trying too much else, including putting the hard drive in another computer, is filled with danger for the novice, and is more likely to hurt than help.
Mitz from Tips4pcApril 4, 2009 at 2:15 am #31688
well i went to wal-mart pocked up a 16 Gb flash drive.Now it only boots in safe mode and seems it will not recogonize a flash drive has been found,so again i am at a loss.been pricing encasment kits with out a drive,and also thinking i may nuy another HD to back up both comps.Any tricks on getting Windows to recognize the flash drive in safe mode?April 4, 2009 at 3:51 am #31689
This is freaky! I turned off comp manually just for heck of it trie to start in last known config that worked.Well took good 45 mins but it booted up all the icons everything! So i tried that flash drive,instead of showing up as an E drive or newly installed hardware,the sonic record now software pos up and opens.I don't know how ,maybe i got a computer gaurding angel lol.anyway i took a disc figuring it give me error message,but tried nonetheless to create a data disc.To my utter amazement it worked! I didn't put alot on disc as like I said figured it wouldn't work.But so far so good got over 300 songs on cds.Not only do they play beautifuly they also work in my Son's stereo as well as the home theater system. Wishing though I had spent that 40 dollars on cdrw's instead of flash drive lol,but then again without it who knows if i would have gotten the burner program to run. Thank you all for your help,much appreciated.April 4, 2009 at 4:30 am #31690
That is wonderful news, well done. You will find that its the repairs that you made have taken effect, though I am at a loss to explain why it didnt work immediately.When a hard drive dies, all kinds of strange things happen. Sometimes you can repair windows temporarily, but often you will make repairs and then find you have a totally different problem instead. Obviously the very first thing you need to do now is backup EVERYTHING that is important to you. If it is in fact a faulty hard drive, then more problems are definitely going to occur.Once you have everything backed up, just keep the backups up to date as much as possible, wait and see what happens. If it dies again, then you can buy and fit a new hard drive without all the pain.Yoy may find it easier and faster to use the flash drive for storage, 16GB is a lot of space and will save you a lot of time and CD's or DVD's. To use the flash drive, open My Computer and look for the flash drive. If its shown as drive E previously, and its being recognised now, then it should show in My Computer as drive E. If you double click on it, it should open like an empty folder.You can then open your music folder as well, reducing the size of both windows so they fit on your screen, and simply click and drag files from the music folder into the flash drive. I dont know how much space your 7000 songs are taking, that would depend on the bitrate of the songs, but its possible if you are only using a low bitrate that all of the songs will fit on the flash drive, which would save you an LOT of time. To find out how much space you will need, click on START, right click on My Music, and select properties. You will see how many files are in the folder and what size the entire folder is. If its less than 16GB, then you can simply 'select all' in the music folder and drag the whole lot straight into the flash drive, and the whole process will only take a few minutes.If the music folder is larger than 16GB then I'd transfer maybe 500 songs at a time in this way until the drive is nearing full, then less until it is totally full, and then do the remainder onto DVD's using sonic.If My Computer does not show the flash drive, or double clicking on it doesnt open it, then the computer may still have some issues with recognising the drive, and you will have to do it all onto discs using sonic.I'd also advise that you also backup anything else that is important to you, like documents, pictures etc. Something many people forget too is your email address book and your browser bookmarks. You'll find tutorials on how to save these on our parent site http://www.tips4pc.com
Mitz from Tips4pcApril 4, 2009 at 4:55 am #31691
Many people dont realize how important it is to make regular backups…you have a 16 gig flash drive, i would store all my important info on it.April 4, 2009 at 6:09 am #31692
Been working on the long slow hard way,using sonic.as long as it stays opperating.The flash drive does not seem to be working,computer does no longer show it in MY Computer :(.hoping maybe something else freaky happen tomorrow and it will just start working cause i would love to do this easy lol.Will back up other things as well. Nice thing is once i get all these songs back on cds they going in the safe :).
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