Computer Drive Bay?

Hi all. I am looking to fill at least 2 of my 4 availible 5.26 inch drive bays in my "new" computer. I was thinking like maybe a fan comtroller... but thats a little boring for me. I want somthing really cool. I did consider a lcd... but its kind of expensive and well... just not... idk. I just dont really like that idea. I was thinking somthing lik a toaster. :D But really... i want something kool. i mean even somthing totally useless... I just wanna fill them. I did consider using 1/2/3 of them for resivours for a liquid cooling system... but thats a little hard 4 me rit now. I am on a budget. I already gotta pay lik 130-230 for a new mobo. But i still hav som monsy 2 spend on it. So, wat is the coolest 5.25 inch drive bay device u ever saw. I also have 2 3.5 inch ones for smaller things. Like floppy. :D In case ur wonderin, i hav a xion vantage case. I am usin lik 4 fans. 2 or 3 lite up. I will soon be adding cold cathodes. But anyway, u can see it in my forum topic that i will make once my pc is bak from shop. THANKS!

Question by sci4me 8 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

USB thumbdrive "usb device not recognised"? Answered

My lexar 8gb thumbdrive sometimes works and some times it says usb device not recognised HELLLLP i am using windows 7 enterprise if that helps

Question by The nerdling 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

USB 3 device in a USB 2 socket? Answered

Just checking, but am I correct in thinking that a USB3 portable drive will work in a USB2 port, just more slowly?

Question by Kiteman 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago

Turning a hard drive into a USB storage device?

I have a couple of hard drives and I was wondering, can you turn it into a portable USB storage device? I saw the instructable about putting thumb drives inside the case but what about using the hard drives disk's?

Question by Jimmy Proton 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

How can i fit a 3.5" hard drive in a 5.25" bay?

I want to fit my external hard drive in a 5.25" bay, as USB is too slow and i don't have another 3.5" bay. Things i have: 1. Samsung Spinpoint F1 1TB. (the hard drive i want to move) 2. Sweex 3.5" external case, it sucks... 3. An old cd-drive. 4. Basic tools, no soldering iron. 5. an old pc i can steal parts from. Now my question, how do i make sure that thing stays into place, and, is it a problem if it doesn't have some kind of suspension? My pc is a compaq presario from 2008, which has 3 free 5.25" bays. I already looked on google and searched instructables, but can't find anything usefull. Thanks in advance, DJBD

Topic by DJBD 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago

Help with neurofeedback device

Are you in the San Francisco bay area? Interested in neurofeedback? Experienced with building your own electronics projects? Willing to help someone with little experience? I'm on a very limited budget, but this is something I need. I have plans for an open source neurofeedback device that I wish to build. I don't have a lot of experience with electronics (mostly microcontroller projects using solderless breadboards). If I have to, I'll be doing this myself. I'm hoping to find someone who is interested in this and would be willing to help. Thank you

Topic by GlobalVillageIdiot 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago

Flash drive problems

EDIT: I found a flash drive, and it doesn't work. I plugged it into my computer, nothing. I plugged it into a laptop, and it said that there was a power surge in the usb device. Any ideas?

Topic by Aar000n3y 11 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

sdcard Atari drive Answered

Hello, I am going to build the sdcard arari drive from this website. Will these parts work for my drive? I do not think I need a status led unless I want to know if my device is working. Thanks for any help

Question by jbaker22 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago

PS3 Phat disk drive wont let disc be inserted?

Ok, I just finished fixing a friend YLOD and the disc drive unfortunately wont work. There are these two grey bars blocking it in the drive bay. Anyone know why this could happen?

Question by Krayzi99 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago

Hard drive won't mount?

So, I've had a toshiba 2.5" SATA 250 GB internal HD for a while now. I got it from an old toshiba laptop. I finally got an enclosure for it, and I plugged it in. windows made the sound it makes when you plug something in, and in device manager the usb port said a usb mass storage device was plugged in, but it didn't show up in my computer, nor did it show up in disk management. I searched the net for hours trying to find the problem, reading about how you might need to assign it a letter in disk management, and other more "grim" outlooks on how it might be dead. I listened to it closely, and heard it making very VERY soft ticking noises at a regular rate. I immediately thought the worst, and came to the conclusion that it was dead. The next day, I decided to take it into school with me, as my teacher was pretty smart when it came to computers, and maybe she could provide the tiniest shred of hope. She asked me to plug it into one of the school's desktops. I plugged it in began running like normal. It showed up  on my computer, and showed the correct disk size, as well as a document I'd put on there long ago. I couldn't believe it!  When I got home, I plugged it into my computer, but surprisingly encountered the same problem. I decided to do a bit of experimenting, and I started plugging it into various computers we had around the house, and lined up all the facts I had: It didn't work on my laptop. (runs windows 7 home premium) It DID work on my mom's laptop. (also runs windows 7 home premium) It didn't work on my old desktop. (runs windows xp home edition, but I don't trust it. It's been acting very weird lately) It DID work on my school's desktop. (runs windows 7 enterprise) It DID work on my sister's laptop. (runs windows 7 home premium) I was stumped, to say the least. Can any of you tell me WHAT THE HECK IS GOING ON?!?!?! The strongest lead I have is that it might not be working correctly on my computer because the usb ports can't provide enough power to mount it. But if my laptop can't mount it, why should my mom's or my sisters be able to? Please provide any other theories you may think are plausible too! 

Question by tylervitale 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago

Non SCSI, mega storage device?

So there I was, thinking that I had heard/read somewhere that it was possible to hook up many regular hard drives (IDE, EIDE) together to make up one logical partition that was dynamically expandable. I might be off my rocker, but I think I heard of it somewhere. An example is.. your company is upgrading it's computers, and intends to throw away old hard drives (i.e. 4GB, 20GB hard drives...) If you got your hands on them, you could hook them all together and make an expandable external storage. This would mean that if you have 3 20GB hard drives, you'd have a logical 60GB partition. Your buddy wants to throw away his old 10GB hard drive.. so you get that one and add it. Now you've got a 70GB hard drive. Has anybody ever heard of this idea before? No idea how to make it work, but I think in theory it would be neat.

Topic by The Dark Ninja 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago

Hiding non-present devices?

Hi, It gets extremely annoying when there is multiple drives in my computer but they aren't in use. Does anyone know how to only show present devices or do I just have to live with the multiple devices?

Topic by thermoelectric 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago

Usb Flash drive player?

I've seen some flash drive players through a boombox... where you stick the flash drive and it plays the music files in it. i was looking for something like that but instead of boom boxes , i could change the output or speaker device to use... for example id like a portable speaker or a headphone.

Topic by tanamaze 7 years ago

Reformatting a hard drive? Answered

Hi there. I know most of you reading this are thinking of the simple process that is reformatting a hard drive, and are prepared to offer me an obvious and somewhat novice explanation as "right click > format...". Please don't, this is not the case. I recently acquired an external hard drive previously used as a Direct TV Dvr. The hardware and everything is fine, and my computer recognizes it as a USB Mass Storage Device. However, the disk itself is in a format my Windows-based computer cannot recognize, read, or understand, and - as a result - does not acknowledge it exists. I need to figure out how to reformat this to NTFS / FAT32 to use on a windows machine. Also note, as a result of the lack of recognition of the disk, I can only guess its drive letter. CMD does not recognize it at all - I have tried mounting disks E - Z with no result. If needed, I have access to a Macintosh, but that is preferably the last resort as it resides about an hour away from where I am currently.

Question by Padlock 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

Can a internal hard drive be used as a external drive! Answered

I have several small capicity hard drives ( 6 gig or smaller ) laying around! Is their a way to use these VIA a USB port without adding any kind of a program, kinda like a USB storage device, just plug it into the USB port and copy/paste so information can be transported? I know they have the little USB sticks, but I have these small capaicty hard drives and would like to be able to use them for something!

Question by tazmaniac_37752 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

Drunk Driving Bank

I am looking for ideas or a complete solution to locking up your car keys when getting drunk, but allowing access to the keys the next day to go to work or whatever. The idea is to make an electronic bank of sorts that you would deposit your car keys into and it would be time delayed, so you could not open it till the following day. Another idea is to make a breathalizer that you could make and install in your vehicle, and not have it monitored or have to make monthly payments on it as they are set up now. I know my son has good intentions of not drinking and driving, but we all know when drunk, your intentions are impaired. if people that wanted to drink, yet not drive, a setup like this could save people from driving when impaired even though they normally wouldn't. If someone has an idea on this issue, I would love to hear about it and could help in the construction of this type of device, be it supplying components, to financing the project. Message me here and I can give you my ph number, etc to make getting together easier. Dan

Topic by dlemke 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago

Variable frequency drive

Hello there instructables, I have another question discussing maglev theory and i was directed that the true way to build this project was to use 3-phase power! So this question, although related, is also an entirely new project in its own right! Now to the point, i have been researching single to 3-phase conversion, and there are a few options available like rotary or static phase converters, but i have been intruiged by a device called a variable frequency drive! Okay so what i understand so far (i think) is that these convert ac to dc, run that dc through a H bridge rectifier using igbt's and then convert the 3 outputs back to ac...... okay assuming my analogy is correct so far, to my question, 1. How are the igbt's triggered in the h bridge? do they use a function generator with altering timesteps to create the seperate phases? 2. Also how are these kept in sequence with eachother? Many thanks in advance for any help you can provide!

Topic by Xmortx114145 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago

Flash Drive file copier?

I have an idea for a project but im not sure where to start. I want to make a device with two USB ports. You insert a flash drive into one and your android phone in the other and then you press a button and files from the flash drive are transfered to your phone. To start I want to know if there are any chips or micro controllers that anyone knows of that can be used for this. I know that there is a device called a syncbox ( that copies files from one flash drive to another. But i dont think it works for phones. If anybody can help me with this project I would greatly appreciate it.

Question by iamphantom 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

SONY Flash Drive HELP!!!

Help!!! Today I had my flash drive with me and was working on some school projects. It worked fine in the morning. Though later I was messing with Batch and saved them to the drive root. Now when I plug it in windows waits for about a min. then says that new hardware was found. When it's done it says that the device is malfunctioned. I don't know what to do or if that batch file is even the problem. If it is I think that it changed the devices properties into making windows think it is bootable. I have plugged it into my Linux machine but still no dice. It won't even come up there. Oh, and I can't reformat it because it's in a way not there. I really need those files for school any way to get them back would be great. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Topic by Rockerx 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago

flash drive music player

I have no idea how to make this, but i thought it would be cool if, instead of erasing music from your mp3 player to put more on you could just take a storage bit off and put a new one on. In essance there would be two parts to the player. A storage device (in this case a flash drive) and a audio player. Any ideas?

Topic by jameso 12 years ago  |  last reply 12 years ago

USB to network storage

My TV has a USB port for plugging in a thumb drive to play videos and music. As do several other devices Im aware of. What I would like is a device that when plugged into my TV or such  will pretend to be nothing more than a thumbdrive but actually be a wireless adapter that connects to my network and the 1TB network storage so I can access all my files at once.

Topic by darkorical 7 years ago

i have a hammer storage morespace 1tb external hard drive that my computer recognizes as a unkown device. what do i do?

Email me at if you have an answer..

Question by bderousse 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

Police searching a computer put a 'black box' between the computer & drive, to read, but not write, alter or erase data.

How do you build such a device? I wish to add a second hard drive to my ThinkPad A22m laptop, for a protected archive of books, websites, programs, and pictures. I want to have a switch so that at intrevals I can add files, but if a virus got loose in the computer it could not get into the archives.

Question by Johenix 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

is it possible to integrate GPS to a flash drive?

I was wondering whether if i was to take a normal flash drive, and take out the gps reciever from a tomtom lets say, would i be able to integrate the two together and have the flash drive use the gps in order to locate the device??

Question by mukz 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

making a USB music device

For my next shop project I started looking at music devices. at first I wanted to create electric synth music. but then I thought up simpler things. like: why not have a box that can hook into a computer using a usb port... and then with computer softwear, assign certain sounds to certain buttons on the box. for instance. 1)first I would plug the usb thing into the PC. 2) then, I'd open up a pc program that could assign which music tracks would play when certain buttons are pressed,touched,or connected. 3) last, I'd have fun with the device preferably, all the data would be stored inside the usb drive along with the music samples. any Ideas? this is urgent! only 2 more weeks left in school!

Topic by mexx.admin 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago

Any way to make an external hard drive appear as a usb flash drive?

I would like to use my external hard drive to connect to my bluray player, to play .mkv files. The bluray player supports this but only when a usb flash drive is used. When I plug in my hard drive, it says that it cannot recognize the device. I've googled this topic for about a month now any havent gotten anywhere. question is, is there anyway to make my external hard drive (powered externally, not over usb) appear to the bluray player as a usb flash device? Thanks in advance.

Question by face2345 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

Want to make dvd player a 5.25 storage device.?

I dunno how to do it, how?its a 5.25" dvd drive i want to make into something like this.

Question by chessman.exe 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

switching on a device using a mcu

I just want to know, I have a device (a gravis game pad pro) that continuously sends out a 3 byte serial packet via 2 wires (the game pad drives the clock, so the mcu is the slave, the clock is at 20khz), but there isn't any chip select or slave select or anything like that to start the serial transmit, and since my application circuit already has another serial device on connected to the spi pins of my PIC, I can't have the game pad on all the time, so I decided I need to control when to power on the game padwhat should be used (that i have on hand right now)?a switching regulator like the TC110 from microchip? (i don't have this one yet)a mosfet driver (i have lots of tc4424)?2n3904 or 2n2222 or bc547 transistor?EDIT: I'm just gonna use the mosfet driver... But what is the proper way to do this?or waste some program space and manually interpret the clock and the data pins? there is always five consecutive "1" in the first byte of data, and that condition can never be repeated

Topic by frank26080115 11 years ago

Garage Bay 3D printer for large objects

Is anybody making a 3D printer that is made to fit in a single bay of a garage? Like something the size of a large SUV? Gigabot comes close, but it still smaller. For such a device, I'd like to make a modular head with a lot of potential interchangeable heads: 1. All the typical FDM 2. Milling for CNC type operation. 3. Laser for cutting 4. MIG welding head 5. Arm with gripper for auto-assembly 6. Scanner head 7. FDM using atypical materials, such as dry slurry epoxy (with microspheres or flocked cotton) Combine this with mobile robot arms to manage work pieces, and you're coming close to a complete fab lab.

Topic by GarrettH2 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago

Connecting a SDHC card to external hard-drive without computer? Answered

Is there such a device to connect a SDHC card to an USB external hard-drive to transfer photos and videos to the hard-drive WITHOUT a computer?    Small device to transfer data FROM SDHC TO USB external hard drive and still have the same quality. I would like to connect my own EXTERNAL hard drive. My hard drive.

Question by alpe_97 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

Is it possible to hook a webcam to a hard drive or other storage device without a computer to record? Answered

I was thinking it would be cool to have a webcam set up for timelapse or something similar but only hooked up to a hard drive no computer so you could leave/hide it places to get cool shots.

Question by Quiksilver2693 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

Restore lost external hard drive files and folder after format

The day before yesterday, my external hard drive was dropped to the ground for a sudden shock. When trying to access it again on the computer, the windows just gave me a not formatted error and disabled my access without formatting, so, without deeper consideration, I formatted this drive and finally found all the files and folders were gone. What a stupid operation. In order to access my files and folders of the past two years, I began to crazily search for related articles and questions to see whether there was a way for me to get them back with success. Follows some recommended steps and data recovery programs, like: Firstly, stop using this formatted drive till rescuing everything back. Secondly, attack drive to computer and use data recovery software to scan this drive and rescue original stuffs back as many as possible. Thirdly, save all restored stuffs on another different drives or storage device at last. Fortunately, after trying these steps, I got most of my needed drive files and folders back with success. If you are also experiencing such data loss problems, you also can get some clues with my found articles, like: Or Hope my words also can help someone there!

Question by Nicolenon0 4 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago

Roomba mapping and quadriplegic assistive device

Hello,I am a high school student in the San Francisco bay area. After attending Maker fair this past weekend and talking to the instructables staff, i am going to take on one of your challenges and developing a roomba mapping platform, and much more. Because i am still a student, i don't have the funding to purchase my own roomba, so this is my application for the scholarship. I have attended many lectures that have been made by the Stanford DARPA team, i would like to take some of their ideas and apply it to the roomba platform. My roomba will be able to map it's surrounding, where it will then process that information, creating an optimum route. I will also utilize complete use of all the sensors that are provided so you can keep track of everything that is going on. Mapping will be one feature, there are plenty more. A nice control system for your roomba will be made so you can access everything you need to know about battery life, run time, dirt picked up, a nice GUI layout. RSS feed can also be sent to your laptop or cell phone so you know what exactly is happening with your roomba. And because this platform will be used very often to guard my precious projects, i will throw on a wi-fi video camera and control system. This will enable me to control the roomba over the internet to scout around and see what my dog is up to. The video feed will also be told to record one pass around the entire house, if anything abnormal appears (chair knocked over, loud nosies, etc.)I am also a member of this years Palo Alto High School Lemelson-MIT invent team. Our project is to create an assistive device for quadriplegics so that they can control their world using countless lase r activated household items. Our quadriplegics friend Henry Evans said that it would be amazing to be able to control a roomba that drives around and plays with his dog. I will make it my personal goal to create a platform which henry can use to control this roomba using the assistive technology our team is developing. ( are plenty of other things i would like to add on if i have the time. The main goal is to make the roomba map it's surroundings, and be controllable by our friend Henry.I have so many more ideas i would like to add on to this if i have the time, and i ensure you that i am very capable to complete these goals by the required time frame. I'm very excited to take on this project, and i believe that with your help i can really do something amazing here that can be appreciated by the entire robotic community.--Daniel FukubaPalo Alto High School

Topic by dfukuba 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago

XP && Ubuntu

OK I had a computer with XP and ubuntu, but i got tired of ubuntu so i made the mistake of just removing the partion. so the next time i boot up i get an error and can't access XP. now i'm not saying abound is a bad OS this is just my preference. so i wiped my comp and reinstalled Ubuntu. now here's the problem i have access to an iso image of windows but not the cd itself. and i have an 2Gb USB drive and a 500Gb removable drive. is there a way to install windows XP using either of these devices. or a way to get the dvd's to burn because every time i try i get an error

Topic by chrischavez 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago

I want to turn a NES into a NESDrive that uses 2.5" SATA cartridge as a backup device. Thoughts?

I want to utilize the original cart pins for USB and maybe since there is lots of room and since we don't need the guts install a USB hub for things like a memory card reader.

Question by schuchwun 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago

Seagate Backup+ 2TB Drive Not Showing up in My Computer but is Showing Up in Device Manager?

Hi, My Seagate Backup+ Slim External Drive stopped showing up in My Computer but does show up in Device Manager. I voided the warrenty and I have some data I really need back. I am using Windows 7. HELP ME PLEASE!

Question by thispageiscringeignoreit 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago

How to attach button mic to batteries and a recording device? Answered

Looking for help in connecting a button mic to a cat collar that either has recording capability to a card or USB drive; or send signal by Bluetooth or another wireless alternative.  Thanks

Question by jscott14 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago

Your Computer's Getting Toasty

Add this to some of the other crazy toaster ideas. It's a toast drive: fitting snugly into a standard 5.25 drive bay, you put in bread for a toasting while the rest of the computer operates normally. It's kind of like sticking a disk into the disk drive--except that when it pops back out, you have a nice, crispy slice of toast.CrazyPC via boingboing.

Topic by joshf 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago

Moles! Has anyone invented a mole catcher? or killer! device!!!? Answered

Tried everything from dogs, fumes, water, repellants, & traps but back they come. It's driving me insane!

Question by Webwizzkid 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

Seagate Freeagent GoFlex ultra-portable drive fail - Data recovery?

My 500GB Seagate Freeagent GoFlex ultra-portable drive seems to have failed under two weeks of using the product. The USB device was not being recognized. It states a Code 43 error by Windows. After another attempts to see if it would work on other ports or laptop devices, it began to make a noise with 3 beeps or clicks, and would still not be recognized. About half the drive is full but wasn't heavily used. It was dropped once but it did function properly after this drop. Is physical damage most likely the problem? What should I do to recover the data? Thanks

Question by teejay7 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago

Another step towards human cyborgs - the finger drive.

A Finnish computer programmer who lost one of his fingers in a motorcycle accident has made himself a prosthetic replacement with a USB drive attached.Jerry Jalava uses the 2GB memory stick, accessed by peeling back the "nail", to store photos, movies and programmes.The finger is not permanently attached to his hand, so it can be easily left plugged into a computer when in use.Mr Jalava says he is already thinking about upgrading the finger to include more storage and wireless technology."I'm planning to use another prosthetic as a shell for the next version, which will have removable fingertip and RFID tag," he wrote on his blog, of Mr Jalava's left ring finger had to be amputated last summer after he crashed into a deer while riding his motorbike near Helsinki.He says he was inspired to create the unique storage device when doctors treating him joked that he should have a USB "finger drive" after finding out that he was a software developer. More is apparently available on the inventor's blog, but it keeps timing out for me.BBC story

Topic by Kiteman 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago

Can you run a webcam directly from a hard drive with no computer? see my details for more info...

Here is what I want to do. I'm sure it is possible, but is it feasible?I want to run a webcam in my car for recording video while I drive. I was wondering is it possible to power a hardrive on 12V DC and have it interface with the webcam [for video storage, mainly].I was toying with the idea since I saw a company that makes vehicle cameras for recording accidents [ drivecam device is powered by the vehicles 12V electrical system and stores video to a flash drive contained inside the housing, can this be re-engineered with a hard drive instead?I know I could use a mini PC but I wanted [if possible] to make it small enough to maybe fit on the windshield like the drivecam does or even the dashboard.I would just buy a drivecam but they do not sell them retail, just fleets and such, and they are really $$.I looked at powering the HDD through a USB 2.0 to IDE adapter, and I think I can get it to power up using the 2 USB pins for power and the other 2 would be for data, but how to get the 2 to communicate with each other???Any ideas?

Question by Novacaine Fix 9 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago

Motherboard IDE to USB Device Adapter, Parallel to USB Device, or Serial to USB Device, Adapter Needed for Old Computer.

Hello, I have a Compaq Presario 220C. I know it is very old, but it has great sound, runs windows 95 great, and most importantly it has high sentimental value. The only thing holding me up from making use of it, is that It does not have an ethernet or USB port. It has the following ports available on the motherboard: ISA 8-Bit (Which has low clearance room to fit a card in and not clearance to the right or left either) Parallel Port Game Port IDE Floppy IDE Serial Port I am desperate and very determined to somehow be able to connect a USB Drive or an ethernet port on this computer. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much, HandyAndy

Question by handyandyny 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

Disk boot error? Answered

Last night, I wanted some files off my laptop drive, so I stuck it in an external enclosure and plugged it into my desktop (whilst on). I then turned off the desktop without unplugging my laptop drive and turned it on again today, forgetting to unplug it. I have USB booting enabled, so it tried to boot from the laptop drive and as I was out of the room when it was booting, it entered the recovery partition as the hardware is incompatible. I have done this before, so I just turned off my computer, unplugged the drive, and restarted. Instead of booting from my primary internal drive, it got stuck on the post screen. It detected it, but wouldn't go any further. I then thought that it was still looking for the USB drive, so changed the boot order and removed usb boot, same problem. Removing my primary drive just returned the error "disk boot error, insert boot drive and press enter to continue", so I inserted the primary hard drive (I have it in a hot-swap bay, so it can easily be removed, although being my primary hard drive, not "hot"). After doing so, it kept returning a similar error. I then figured that it was still looking for my laptop drive as a primary boot device, so I cleared CMOS with the jumper and after setting it up again, disabling every other bootable interface except the sata port my primary drive is connected to, and it still just gets stuck on post. I have left it about 10 mins and still get the same problem. It is also hard to enter BIOS or any of the other utilities, as it waits until after post, so I have to either remove all drives or insert the laptop drive in it's enclosure. How can I get my desktop to boot from the primary hard drive again? Inserting the install disk is also hard, because I don't actually have a DVD drive yet, so I installed Windows 7 extended trial through a memory stick from my laptop with a disk drive. I have since deleted it off my memory stick, and my laptop is now in pieces hooked up to my monitor/keyboard/mouse instead of my desktop. It is on it's back and the hard drive bay is open in case I need it again. My BIOS is award with additional features on a Gigabyte GA-H55M-USB3 board. Both drives are Hitachi sata-II drives, one being 3.5" and one being 2.5".

Question by andy70707 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

I want to boot a usb stick that is plugged directly into the motherboard floppy connector.

I am running FreeNAS in a ChiliBox. It has no external drives or bays. I don't want the USB stick poking out of it.

Question by MickM 8 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

Xbox 360 Slim Hard drive issues?

The family XBOX 360 Slim is no longer detecting the built in 250GB Hard Drive. When booted the console asks for an update and when we attempt to apply the update the console responds with a message saying "You don't have enough storage space to take this update. Please connect an Xbox 360 storage device with at least 190 MB fee space."  The hard disc is not full as no profiles are detecting and when the storage tab under settings is viewed the XBOX shows a non-configured hard drive which I am loath to re-format in the case of losing everything. Does anyone know a way to retrieve the data successfully and without permanent damage to the XBOX? We have already tried disconnecting and reconnecting the hard disc physically with a powered down unplugged XBOX.

Question by willywoozle 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago

A firmware acting as emulated storage when connected to a PC?

Hi all, I am working on a project that involves firmware development for a micro controller based device. For the device i want it that when i plug it into a PC's USB port it should interact with the PC's OS and mount the storage on the device as an emulated drive automatically. as it happens for example on some USB GSM modems, which, when plugged into the PC mount a drive where the modems driver and associated communication software is already present and ready to use. Any help would greatly be appreciated. Thanks

Question by muhammajunaid 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago

DIY Hatchback Subaru Legacy

Check out this DIY Hatchback I caught a few pictures of coming off the Bay Bridge in Oakland, CA. I think the guy driving was a woodworker, and needed a couple extra cubic feet to fit things like dressers and wardrobes.

Topic by ewilhelm 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago

How to Identify homemade USB device connected to computer by passing some identification tag?

I'm planning on developing several different USB devices that will be operated by a Visual Basic 6 program I am writing.  I want to be able to identify the USB device plugged into the computer the same way a program knows when you have just plugged in a USB drive or webcam.  Is there some simple cheap way that I can wire in a circuit that will pass an identification tag so my program can identify which USB device has been connected?  There are certain criteria.  The parts must be cheaper than a usb flash stick...otherwise I'd just disassemble a flash stick and load a program to it to automatically run telling the usb ID.  I'd rather not do this simply because I'd rather not have to take apart several usb flash drives which can get expensive.  This eliminates Arduo and other costly circuit boards.  The parts when assembled need to be smaller than  a usb flash drive.  I just want to pass some ID serial number to the usb port that I can than pick up with my program so it knows that device has just been plugged in.  Any suggestions?

Question by DarkRubyMoon 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

How to view corrupt zipped files? Answered

The problem is that I need to recover a zipped file from a corrupted hard drive. The hard drive is NOT physically damaged, only inaccessible due to the current state: I accidentally, began ghost imaging and completed about 10% of the initial process before I canceled it. So now the system won't boot. I get a single flashing cursor in the top left corner of the screen. If I connect the hard drive to a SATA-to-USB adapter and connect it to my Windows XP computer it will show that the 'Mass Storage Device' is found and installed. But I can't see the device in My Computer or Disk Management. What I think needs to be done is have the device (connected via USB) mounted so that I can use a file recovery program to scan the drive for files. Does anyone have any ideas? I know I can complete the reimage and then try to recover the file but its about 2.6 GB in size and I have a feeling that no programs will be able to successfully recover the whole file. I would like to recover the file without reimaging the drive because chances of the files being overwritten are much greater if the image completes.

Question by 9rudolf 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago