Windows 7 Windows Vista

Fix : Windows 7 Installation Stop error 0x80FE0000 | 0x80FF0000

This post will help you Fix Windows 7 Installation Stop error / BSOD 0x80FE0000 | 0x80FF0000. Below are the steps to fix blue screen error 0x80FF0000 | 0x80FE0000 while installing Windows 7 | Vista with a message Could not set the offline locale information

You might get this blue screen error for some of the possible reasons listed below :

  • Corrupted Hard Disk Drive with possible bad sectors
  • Windows Installation Disk problem
  • BIOS setting problem
  • You tried Installing Windows in a Logical Drive instead of Primary partition

Before you continue reading this post, I suggest you read this article to know more about blue screen errors and possible steps to resolve them.

Below are a few different methods to fix this stop error:

Method 1 : Windows Installation Disk problem

  • If you are installing Windows Vista | 7 from a DVD, make sure that your DVD is not scratched or has any visible signs of damage
  • If you have an ISO file ( Disc Image ), you can use it to make a Installation USB drive to Install Windows
  • For How to make a USB installation drive Follow this link
  • After creating the USB Installation, try to install Windows again
  • If you still face an issue, go down to Method 2

Method 2 : Check your Hard Disk Drive ( hdd ) for errors

  • Boot from Windows 7 | Vista Installation DVD / USB
  • Press Shift + F10
  • or,
  • Click on Repair your computer
  • Click Next
  • Click on Command Prompt
  • Now, if this your hard disk has multiple partitions, go to the partition you are trying to install Windows in.


  • now, type chkdsk x:/f    –    ( X being your drive letter, example : C: , D: )

Method 3 : Making Sure that you are not Installing Windows to a Logical Drive

  • Follow method 2 to open command prompt
  • In Command Prompt, type diskpart and press enter
  • Type List Disk (note down your disk number in case you have multiple hard disk drives installed in your PC )
  • Type Select Disk 0 (Replace 0 with the number of your drive. Example : Disk 0, Disk 1, Disk 2 )
  • Type List Partition
  • This should list all the partitions on your hard disk drive
  • Just make sure that the partition you are trying to install Windows on is not a Logical Drive (It must be a primary partition )



Method 4 : Cleaning Your partition | DATA Backup Must before continuing

Note : This method will clean all partitions on your hard disk. Before continuing, make sure you backup your data.

  • Follow Method 2 to open command prompt
  • Type Diskpart and press enter
  • Type List Disk (note down your disk number in case you have multiple hard disk drives installed in your PC )
  • Type Select Disk 0 (Replace 0 with the number of your drive. Example : Disk 0, Disk 1, Disk 2 )
  • Type Clean ( This will delete all partitions on your drive )
  • Now, type create partition primary & press Enter
  • Type format fs=ntfs
  • Note: This is a full format and will take some time to complete depending on the size of your disk


  • After the format is complete, try installing Windows again

Method 5 : Check BIOS settings

  • Boot into the BIOS ( press DEL, F2, F10 ) ( refer your system documentation for details )
  • Locate options saying SATA Mode & set it to AHCI
  • Remember, The option to change the SATA type might vary depending on your BIOS make and system model. You just have to set the drive to AHCI, if available.


If you still face an issue, please use the comment section to post your problem & I will try to help you

Windows 7 Windows Vista

Fix : Stop error / BSOD 0x0000009F | 0x000000FE Windows 7, Vista (AMD specific)

This post helps in fixing a AMD chipset based issue in Windows 7 or Windows Vista with stop error ( blue screen ) 0x0000009F or 0x000000FE. Both these error codes can be associated with some other problems too. But this problem being AMD chipset or specifically with some AMD EHCI drivers, that when put on standby or left Idle can crash your system with error codes mentioned above.

There are two very simple methods to fix this issue:

Method 1 : Microsoft Fixit ( Automated Fix )


  • Click on the picture above to open the Fix it link
  • Download the fix and run it
  • Restart your Computer


Method 2 : Turning off some power management features

  • Go to the start menu ( you can also use Run ( windows logo key + R )
  • type in devmgmt.msc & press enter
  • This will open device manager


  • Now, expand the section that says Universal Serial Bus Controllers
  • Right Click USB root hub
  • Click on properties
  • Click on power management tab
  • uncheck Allow the Computer to turn off this device to save power
  • Press Ok


  • Restart your computer
  • Check your system for problem
  • If you still face a problem, please use the comment section and I will try to help you
Windows 7 Windows Vista

Fix : Stop error 0x0000010e / 0x000000C1 BSOD in Windows 7, Vista

This post will help you fix an issue with your Windows 7 or Windows Vista computer, where you receive a blue screen error 0x0000010E or 0x000000C1. Both these errors might display some other parameters along with them. A sample error message would look like :

Stop 0x0000010E(xxxxxx, xxxxxx, xxxxxx, xxxxxx)


Stop 0x000000C1 (xxxxx,xxxxx,xxxxx,xxxxx)

The earlier one most common to Windows 7 and the later one to Windows Vista. Both of these error can be caused by quite a few reasons, but the most common ones and their solutions are listed below, so, Fix : Stop error 0x0000010e / 0x000000C1 BSOD in Windows 7, Vista

Method 1 : Display Adapter / Video driver issue

This Problem is most common with computers that have hybrid display engine ( using two graphic cards in a heterogeneous GPU configuration ) mixing on-board and dedicated card for power saving and performance, accordingly.

  • Download the latest display adapter drivers from your computer / motherboard / graphic adapter manufacturer’s support website.
  • If your computer uses a hybrid display configuration, make sure you download both the display adapter’s drivers.
  • Go to Control Panel
  • Select Classic / Small icons / large icons from the view by menu on the top right corner
  • Locate and open Programs and features
  • Locate your display adapter drivers ( some example include AMD Catalyst Control Centre, NVidia Control Panel)
  • Uninstall the drivers there (If you are not sure of what you are doing, please do not do it, instead contact a professional to help you out )
  • Now, Also look for other display adapter drivers ( Example : Intel, SIS, Via )
  • Uninstall them as well.
  • Restart your computer
  • Now, Install the driver(s) that your downloaded.

Method 2 : Hotfix by Microsoft

New : Hotfix by Microsoft ( Windows 7 )

Microsoft has released a hotfix to fix this particular issue. Please download and install the same using this link

Hotfix by Microsoft ( Windows Vista )

Microsoft has released a hotfix for this issue with Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008. Use this link to download and install the hotfix


Method 3 : Upgrading Memory

This issue can also occur in situations where you are rendering memory intensive tasks and your system has low memory configuration to meet the demand. In this situation, upgrading your memory is a good way to retain system stability.

Check your memory for errors

  • Go to the start menu
  • Type Memory diagnostic
  • Run the tool
  • It will check your RAM for errors next time you restart / start your computer and display a detailed report once you login
Windows 7 Windows 8 Windows Vista Windows XP

Fix : Folders / Explorer going transparent while dragging in Windows 8, 7, Vista, XP

This post will help you fix an issue with your Windows based Computer, where, when you try to resize your folder view or even your Internet browser, the contents of that Window fade or let’s say turn translucent / transparent. Show Window Content while dragging, is a feature within Windows operating system that you can turn on or Off. But this particular problem can also occur due to some other reasons as well. Below are some of the possible solutions for this problem.

Troubleshoot Method 1 : Check Windows Settings

  • Go to Control Panel
  • Click on Small icons ( top right corner ) ( to enable All control panel items )
  • Now, Click on Performance Information and tools
  • Click on Adjust Visual Effects


  • Now, Make sure that “Show Window Content While Dragging is checked”
  • If it’s already checked, just Uncheck it.
  • Click on Apply
  • and now, recheck the checkbox to re-enable the feature.
  • Click Apply and OK



If this does not solve your problem try:

Troubleshoot Method 2 : Checking nVidia Options

(Applies to nVidia Display card users only )

  • Right Click on desktop
  • Click on nVidia Control Panel


  • Now, Make sure that the options as shown in the screenshot below is set to “Let the 3D application decide”


  • Now,
  • From the pane on the left hand side select Adjust Desktop size and position
  • Make sure, Enable Desktop resizing checkbox in unchecked.



Troubleshoot Method 3 : Updating the Device Drivers

  • First, Find out what Make and model your display /graphic card is.
  • The most common ones are : Intel, nVidia and AMD ( ATI )
  • You can refer your computer documentation or check the manufacturer’s support website to confirm your display card
  • You can also check device manager ( control panel ) to check what Display adapter you have.


  • To update the device drivers you can either :
  • Go to the support website of your computer / display card / motherboard manufacturer and download / Install the drivers from there
  • OR
  • Go to Device Manager
  • Expand Display Adapters
  • Right Click the Adapter listed there & click on update driver ( make sure you are connected to Internet )
  • Select Automatic method
  • OR
  • Run Windows Update and install all the recommended and optional updates
Windows 7 Windows Vista Windows XP

Fix : Stop error 0x00000050 PAGE_FAULT_IN_NON_PAGED_AREA in Windows 7 , Vista and XP

This post will help you fix an issue with your Windows PC where you get a Blue screen error / BSOD / Stop error with error code 0x00000050 (PAGE_FAULT_IN_NON_PAGED_AREA ). Now, there are quite a few explanations to this error type. This error might occur after you update your computer, or might occur when you install or update an antivirus/security program. Problems with display driver or a third-party search tool can also throw this error.

Below are a few methods to fix this type of error:

Method 1

  • If you have just installed an antivirus / security program
  • or
  • You have just updated it and you got a Blue screen error
  • The first thing to do is :
  • Start your computer in Safe Mode ( press F8 at system startup, just after BIOS post display, and select safe mode)
  • Now, keeping your activation information of your Antivirus / security program, simply uninstall the software by going to Control Panel –> ADD or Remove programs ( Windows XP ) or Programs and features ( Windows Vista, 7 )
  • Restart your computer to make sure that Windows starts up normally.
  • Go to Windows Update ( Control Panel )
  • After the computer has been successfully updated,
  • Restart your computer
  • Install the Antivirus / Security program again.

A hotfix from Microsoft is available : KB976527


Method 2 : Updating the Display Adapter Drivers

  • Follow the steps mentioned above to boot into Safe Mode
  • Now, go to Device Manager ( Control Panel )
  • Expand the Display Adapters section


  • Right Click the listed device
  • Click on uninstall.
  • Restart your computer again in Safe Mode.
  • Go to Device Manager and click on the Scan for hardware changes button


  • The Display driver will install automatically
  • Restart your computer in normal mode
  • Connect to the internet and download / Install the latest available Display drivers from your motherboard manufacturer / System / Graphic Card Manufacturer’s support website.


Method 3 : Hotfix for another issue with same error mode from Microsoft

  • Follow KB951418
  • Use the download option in there to download and install the hotfix
  • You should try this hotfix after reading the cause section within the KB article from Microsoft.


Method 4 : Checking for Faulty RAM modules ( Memory )

  • If you are using Windows 7 or Vista, checking memory is quite easy
  • Just Boot from the Windows Installation CD / DVD
  • After the boot process completes
  • Click on Repair your computer
  • Now, Within the options listed
  • Click on Windows memory Diagnostics
  • This process will run for a while and will check if there is a problem in the installed RAM modules in your system.
  • If a problem is detected, you should change the module to solve the problem

Method 5 : Updating the BIOS

Note: Updating the BIOS is a risky procedure, that, if not done correctly could harm your computer hardware. SO, DO this at your own risk. I shall not be liable for any damage to your computer by following the process mentioned below:

  • Go to your system /Motherboard manufacturer’s support website
  • Note down the exact model no. /Version no. / service tag or other necessary information that might be needed to pinpoint the exact BIOS for your system
  • Download the latest BIOS and follow the instructions mentioned on your manufacturer’s support website for Updating the BIOS.
  • Note: Read every safety precaution and steps mentioned in the manufacturer’s support website while updating the BIOS
  • Also, Make sure that do not restart your computer in the middle of the updating procedure, even if, some for time the process might look hanged. Let it run and complete on it’s own. If it’s a desktop computer, make sure it has got a adequate backup power supply, in case the power runs out.


Please use the comment section to report any problems that you might face, I will try my best to help out.

Windows Vista

Fix : Windows Media Player freezes / hangs in full screen mode in Windows Vista

This Post will help you fix an issue with your Windows Vista based Computer, where while playing a video with Windows Media Player in full screen mode might result in computer being unresponsive. In this scenario pressing CTRL+ALT+DEL might or might not bring up the Task Manager. This problem might occur due a number of reasons, some of the most probable reasons are listed below:

  • Device Drivers not installed / or not installed properly.
  • Corruption within system files
  • Some other installed program is causing this problem
  • Problem with Installed RAM module


To Fix this issue follow the methods mention below:

Method 1 : Microsoft Fixit



Method 2 : Installing Device drivers

  • Out-dated or missing Device drivers for your display adapter might also cause this problem
  • Simply Run Windows Update
  • Click on check for updates
  • Click on optional updates & select the drivers for your graphic / display adapter
  • Alternatively,
  • You can visit your computer /motherboard / Graphic card manufacturer’s website to download and install the latest drivers


Method 3 : Problem with Installed Ram Module

  • To check your RAM for errors
  • Go to the start menu
  • Type Memory diagnostics tool
  • Open the program that appears in start menu search result
  • Click on Restart now and check for problems

memory diagnostic tool

(memory diagnostic tool as in Windows 7)


Method 4 : Disable a Appearance setting

  • Go to Start
  • Click on Control Panel
  • Click on Appearance and Personalization
  • Click on Personalization
  • Click Window Color and Appearance
  • Click on Open classic appearance properties for more color options
  • Click on Effects
  • uncheck the checkbox that says Show shadows under menus
  • Click OK


If the above steps did not help and you need further help, feel free to use the comments section.

Windows Vista

Fix : Recycle bin icon stuck to full or empty / not refreshing in Windows Vista & XP

This post will help you fix a problem with your Windows based PC, where the recycle bin icon stays stuck & does not refresh according to it’s current state, i.e. empty or full. You might face this problem in Windows Vista or XP & by following the instructions below you can easily fix this issue.

Method 1 : Microsoft Fix-IT


click on the Microsoft Fix it icon above to download the fix


Method 2 : Do-it-Yourself

This method involves editing of registry. It is highly recommended that you make a backup by following this guide : Click here

Windows Vista

  • Go to Windows Desktop
  • Right Click
  • Click on New
  • Text Document
  • Copy & paste the following code into the new text document

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CLSID\{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}\DefaultIcon] @=hex(2):25,00,53,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,52,00,6f,00,6f,00,74,00,25,\ 00,5c,00,53,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,33,00,32,00,5c,00,69,00,6d,00,\ 61,00,67,00,65,00,72,00,65,00,73,00,2e,00,64,00,6c,00,6c,00,2c,00,2d,00,35,\ 00,34,00,00,00 “Full”=hex(2):25,00,53,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,52,00,6f,00,6f,00,74,\ 00,25,00,5c,00,53,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,33,00,32,00,5c,00,69,00,\ 6d,00,61,00,67,00,65,00,72,00,65,00,73,00,2e,00,64,00,6c,00,6c,00,2c,00,2d,\ 00,35,00,34,00,00,00 “Empty”=hex(2):25,00,53,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,52,00,6f,00,6f,00,74,\ 00,25,00,5c,00,53,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,33,00,32,00,5c,00,69,00,\ 6d,00,61,00,67,00,65,00,72,00,65,00,73,00,2e,00,64,00,6c,00,6c,00,2c,00,2d,\ 00,35,00,35,00,00,00

  • Go to file
  • Click on save as
  • Under Save as type
  • Select All files
  • give the name recycle.reg
  • Click on save


  • You will now see a registry icon recy with the name you entered “recycle.reg”
  • Double-Click the file
  • You will receive a security prompt. Press yes, & press yes again to enter the information to your registry.
  • Restart your computer & check


Windows XP

Follow the Registry Backup guide above to backup your Windows Registry & then follow the instructions below:

  • Go to Windows Desktop
  • Right Click
  • Click on New
  • Text Document
  • Copy & paste the following code into the new text document

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CLSID\{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}] [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CLSID\{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}\DefaultIcon] @=”C:\WINDOWS\system32\shell32.dll,32″ “Full”=”C:\WINDOWS\system32\shell32.dll,32” “Empty”=”C:\WINDOWS\system32\shell32.dll,31”

  • Go to file
  • Click on save as
  • Under Save as type
  • Select All files
  • give the name recycle.reg
  • Click on save
  • Now,
  • Double-Click the registry key you just made
  • It will ask you whether you want to add information to the registry
  • Press Yes
  • Restart your computer and check
Windows 7 Windows 8 Windows Vista

Review: Stellar Phoenix Windows Data Recovery for Windows 8 , 7 , Vista , XP

Where there is Data, there is Data Loss. Whether it is due to a virus attack, software corruption or any other reason, Data loss is something that we all want to avoid. But, when Data loss happens we all want to recover as much as possible. The same thing happened to me, I am using a 2TB Seagate GO Flex External Drive for all my data backup solutions. Recently, the drive stopped showing itself in Windows Explorer. When I checked further I found out that the drive was detected in Device Manager and Device Management, but the partition was reflected as RAW.

It was more or like a disaster for me. All my data was in the drive and I felt miserable being in the situation. So, I started searching for a solution to recover my data. After searching for some time I came across Stellar Phoenix Windows Data Recovery software by stellar information systems ltd. ( The product looked promising, so I thought to try it.

Let me start by a quick introduction to the Stellar Phoenix Windows Data Recovery:

This tool was fairly simple to install. I was using Windows 8 and this tool works with Windows 8 like a charm ( According to Stellarinfo this product is Windows 8 tested) & is equally compatible with Windows 7 , Vista, XP , 2000, Server 2003 & NT4. If I talk about user interface, every menu and option is self-explanatory. This tool supports NTFS, FAT32 & exFat format types with Auto Detection technology that means when you start the software after installation, it automatically runs a scan for attached Storage devices. It also scans for faulty storage hardware. I tried it both ways, i.e. with and without the faulty drive. Without attaching the faulty drive, the software started within 10 seconds & with the faulty drive attached, it took about 10 minutes to scan, load and start the recovery process. This was impressive in terms of user productivity and ease of utilization. This feature will be much helpful to novice users, as a new user wants the software to work without having to put a lot into it.


This Do-It-Yourself recovery tool can recover lost documents, emails, music, photos & videos. It can recover Deleted Files & folders, formatted hard disk drives & any other Internal or external storage devices.

If you follow the screenshot, almost every user can recover their data with this screen only. You can run the tool as your situation demands. Drive recovery is for recovery data of your hard disk drive. Same goes with CD / DVD recovery. Photo recovery option is used for searching and recovering all photo types in a single click from a specified storage drive.

Let me review these options one by one:


When you click on Drive recovery, this tool expands the option to list the attached drives. If your hard disk drive is not listed here, you can start a deeper search by click on Click here to search lost volumes.


This option will let you select the Hard disk drive that might be damaged, corrupted or has the data that you wish to recover. On selecting the drive a menu pops up with options to search for Lost Volume with Quick scan or Deep scan. The other Option is Raw Recovery, I personally used this option as my 2TB drive was detected having a RAW partition type. Within the Raw Recovery, you can select the file types that you wish to recover & also the range where you wish to run the recovery process. Selecting the range is a bit advanced step in the recovery process. Range means selecting the starting and ending sector of your hard disk drive that you like to search for lost data on. I would suggest that you do not select any range as any normal user would not have much idea about sectors and the proper sectors that contain your data. Though on the other hand selecting specific file types cuts the time taken to recover the data. If you are not sure on the file types as well, you can select all the check boxes & start the process.

If you are searching for Lost Volumes, it is advisable to first search in Quick Scan mode to search for Lost Volumes. I selected the quick scan mode first to search for the lost partitions. This scan type was really quick and revealed by hard disk drive without any problems. Though, if your Lost Volumes are not revealed by Quick Scan, you can always try the Deep scan mode. Deep scan mode, is a slow process, as the name suggests, it scans your hard disk in a more precise manner to search for lost partitions.

Once the partition / Volume is found, clicking on the volume reveals additional options to choose from:

clip_image009After clicking on the Found “Lost Drive”, again four options are listed to choose from. I found the very first option Quick recovery very useful in terms of easy usage. It was more than sufficient for me to recover all my data. Second option is more useful, if you accidentally deleted your data from a healthy drive. If Quick recovery did not work out for you, you can always select the advanced recovery option to recover your data. The advanced recovery option takes a bit more time to search for your files and folders. Any recovery process with this tool lists all the found files and folders in a tree view, just like the way your files would have been located in your storage drive. The view more or like resembles the Windows explorer view type and makes it very familiar and easy to work with. Simply select the files /folders that you might need and click on recover. It’s as easy as it gets.

Coming to CD/DVD Recovery, I tried using this tool on a normal CD – DVD & a Blu-ray disk and to my surprise it got almost all my data out & intact from the scratched disks. When you insert a disk in your CD /DVD /Blu-ray drive stellar phoenix Windows data recovery will detect it automatically and as soon as you click on the CD / DVD recovery tab on the main menu it will start the recovery process.

Some Amazing advanced features

After you have successfully recovered your data, there comes a need to back it up. The best part of Stellar Phoenix Windows Data recovery is that it lets you create a system image, Clone your hard disk drive to a new drive and even lets you check your drive for problems.


I immediately made a system image with the help of this tool. All I had to do was select the drive on which my windows is installed and select a secondary drive. This tool was very fast and efficient in making a system image. Now, this system image can be used for future restoration by using the middle option recovery from image.










Clone drive feature is something that makes it very easy for anyone to create a working mirror of your hard disk drive in a zippy. I tried this feature on my 120 GB drive & created a clone in about 10 minutes & 4 simple steps.

· Click on Clone Drive

· Select Source Disk

· Select Destination Disk

· Click on Clone drive


Drive Status is a feature in Stellar Info Phoenix Windows Data recovery that gave me a good outlook of how my hard disk drive is doing in terms of drive health. It also shows SMART data & helps in maintaining a healthy working system.


Overall Performance & resource usage

I found this tool to be very efficient in terms of system resource usage as it was fairly lite on the system & did not require much from the system. The minimum required Configuration is:

· Processor: Pentium Class

· Operating System: Windows 7/Vista/XP (Tested with Windows 8)

· RAM : 512 MB

· Hard Disk : 50 MB

Edition Comparison



This tool helped me to recover 100% of my lost data from a RAW partition type & all this was as easy as it gets. Everything was self-explanatory & I found this tool to be very user friendly.

Contact information

Click Here

For latest Pricing:

Click here

Windows 7 Windows 8 Windows Vista Windows XP

How to turn off USB ports / Pen Drive / USB storage in Windows 8 , 7 , Vista , XP

This post will help you Turn off USB ports on your computer by a fairly simple trick. There are circumstances where you might wish to use some USB devices on your computer, but want to disable usage of USB storage devices such as USB Hard disk drives or USB Pen Drives. This tip will let you to continue using your USB based Peripheral Devices such as Printers, scanners or even Keyboard and mouse, but will only disable Storage devices. At the end of this post, we will discuss a few options that will let you disable complete USB access as well.

Editing your Registry

  • Go to Run ( Windows Logo key + R )
  • Type in Regedit


  • You might have to press Yes
  • Now,
  • Expand SYSTEM
  • Expand CurrentControlSet
  • Expand services


  • Now,
  • Locate USBSTOR
  • In the right pane, Double click on Start
  • Change the Value to 4



  • Press OK
  • Restart your Computer
  • Again follow all the steps to re-check if the value has been changed to 4 or not, if not, Change it again.
  • Restart your computer
  • Now, none of the Mass storage devices you plug into your Computer won’t work.
  • If, you wish to re-enable USB access, you can simply change the value back to 3

Disabling Other USB types

  • Refer the screenshot below
  • You can disable :
  • USB Infrared Devices
  • USB Hub
  • USB Video Devices
  • USB Printing Devices


  • To disable any of the said devices, just click on the value as in the screenshot above
  • Double Click on Start
  • Change the Value to 4 and Press OK
  • Restart your computer

In case of any questions or feedback, you can use the contact form or the comment section below.

Windows 7 Windows 8 Windows Vista

Fix : Hard disk suddenly shows Raw partition, not accessible in Windows 8 , 7 , Vista , XP

Windows cannot access this drive, do you wish to format it, is the message that you will receive when you try to open your hard disk drive or a partition on your HDD. This post will help you fix this issue in a few simple steps. This guide will also help you recover your data from the hard drive which is now detected as RAW in your Windows PC. Recently my 2 TB Seagate Go Flex drive started to show RAW partition & I feared loosing all my data, below mentioned is the method that worked for me.

Pre-requisites for this method:

  • Windows Installation CD / DVD /USB ( Windows 8 , 7 , Vista )
  • OR
  • Windows 8 , 7 repair disk
  • Test Disk – Click to download ( Use this, if the problem hard disk drive is not your primary drive )
  • OR
  • Parted Magic –Click to download the ISO file and burn a CD ( Use this ,if your primary hard disk drive is the problem hard drive and you lost your operating system )

Note: Do not use this method on a Solid State Drive

Test Disk usage remains the same from Within Windows & from Parted magic

If you wish to use parted magic :

  • Burn the disc image to a CD or make a Bootable USB
  • While booting, Choose option 1. Default settings, Run from RAM
  • After the booting sequence is complete,
  • Locate and click on the Terminal Icon ( Bottom left area )
  • type testdisk & press Enter


Test Disk Usage :

  • You can choose to either create a Log or not ( depends on you )
  • testdisk1
  • Select the hard disk drive with the Raw partition from the given list & press Enter
  • testdisk2
  • In this step, check the hint part & select accordingly ( for me it shows Intel )
  • testdisk3
  • Select Analyse & Press Enter
  • testdisk4
  • Now, Select Quick Search at the bottom of the screen & press Enter
  • Select your partition and press Enter
  • testdisk5
  • After the quick search is complete, press P to see your file and folders, if you are satisfied with the results here, press Q
  • Select Write at the bottom & press Enter
  • testdisk6
  • Press Y to confirm Write
  • If you do not see your files and folder, you can try Deeper Search.
  • Now,
  • Press Q , until you reach the screen below
  • testdisk7
  • Select Advanced & press Enter
  • testdisk8
  • Now, at the bottom, select boot and press Enter
  • testdisk9
  • Now, In case your Boot sector is bad and your Backup boot sector is OK,
  • Select Org. BS & press Enter
  • Press Y to write backup boot sector to the primary boot sector
  • But,
  • If in case both your boot sectors are BAD
  • Select Rebuild BS & press Enter
  • This process will take some time to complete, Press Y in the end to execute



  • Boot from Windows Installation CD / DVD / USB or the repair disc
  • After the initial boot sequence completes Press Shift + F10
  • OR,
  • Click on repair your computer
  • & from Recovery options
  • Select Command Prompt
  • Type chkdsk x: /f      – here replace X with your drive letter
  • Let this process Complete
  • Restart your computer
  • Your disk should now be working fine


You can use the Test Disk utility to copy your file & folders from the damaged drive as well.

  • Get to the screen where the main options are ( refer screenshot below )


  • Select Analyse
  • Select Quick Search
  • Press Enter on your partition
  • Press P to see your files & folders
  • Now, press C (shift + C ) – to copy multiple files & c (to copy one file)


  • Check out the options at the bottom of the screen


This should help you in recovering your data & getting your hard disk drive to a usable state. If, in case of any queries / suggestions, please feel free to use the comment / Contact form