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Is my external hard drive operating as my C Drive?

by phutch_09 / February 15, 2013 2:26 PM PST

I am on Dell Inspiron 5110. Windows 7, Home Premium, Service pack 1, 64 Bit.

Long story. Will try to abbreviate.
I had a battery shut down (not connected to internet at the time), recharged battery. Connected to internet 1 day after hard battery shut down.
Computer started running very very slow. Ran Malwares, Antivirus, etc. Initiated back up via Dell services (unknowingly to the C Drive).
Computer performance improved somewhat, however I found that I was unable to open files and continued to receive a "side by side card file" error message.
I posted to, through a number of tests, I find that my computer is running via a copied file.
I moved that copied file (C drive: users.Paula.Paula Pc) to the external.
Since then, my external will not power down, no matter what I try. When prompted to close other applications, I receive an error message stating that windows is waiting for background programs to close.
When I view my C drive/users/paula/pc, the files are not up to date. However, when I view C/users/paula.paula-pc (the copy from the hard reboot), I can see most recent files.
I honestly believe my computer runs from the copied hard drive copy to the external hard drive. I want to be able to operate under the C drive that is present on my computer.

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Please read a recent discussion.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 15, 2013 2:33 PM PST
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by phutch_09 / February 17, 2013 10:16 AM PST

Thanks for the link, I will go read that forum. For the most part, the side by side configuration has been fixed as I haven't had any problems lately.
Since my computer has acted up and I got it running smoothly again, I try to back up my files routinely.

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If you look at your system thru Explorer, what do you see ?
by VAPCMD / February 15, 2013 10:50 PM PST

If you look at your system thru DISK MANAGEMENT, what do you see ?

While the PC is OFF, what happens when you unplug AND disconnect the external HDD and restart the PC ?


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Disk Management View
by phutch_09 / February 17, 2013 10:53 AM PST

<span id="INSERTION_MARKER">When I open disk management, at the top, under volume listings, I have a blank space which shows to be 94 MB OEM Partition, stating healthy. However, when viewing below the listings. The blank area shows to be disk 0 with the following listings: 94 MB OEM, Healthy; Recovery, 14.65 GB NTFS Healthy (system, active, primary partition) and last OS (C:) 451.01 GB NTFS, Healthy, Boot, Page File, Crash Dump, Primary Partition.

So the listings under the volume files (the top pane area) are as follows:
Blank, Healthy, OEM Partition 94 MB. Free Space: 94 MB

External Drive E: NTFS Healthy, Primary Partition 2794 GB. Free Space 2306.23GB

External Drive F: FAT32, Health Primary Partition 931.28 GB. Free Space 32.17

OS (C:) : NTFS, Healthy (Boot, Page File, Crash Dump, Primary Partition) 451.01GB. Free Space 279.62 (I believe half of the amount of space used is the recovery Paula.Paula-Pc)

Recovery: NTFS Healthy (System, Active, Primary Partition) 14.65 GB. Free Space 5.17.

I have (in the past disconnected the external drive) and ran the laptop on it's own. However, I didn't search through and attempt to open different types of files, etc. I was mainly on the internet, gaming.
I will do as you suggested, shut down the computer, unplug the external and see what happens as well as attempt to open different files.


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