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I have Dell Optiplex 3050 with a 256GB SSD.

I want to create an image of this PC so I can the restore that image onto a few more PCs of the same make & model.

This is the first SSD i've needed to create an image of. I booted up off my Macrium boot USB, opened up Reflect but it doesn't see the SSD.

I'm guessing the SSD won't be seen as it needs a running OS to recognise & read it, is that correct? If it is, how can I create an image of an SSD? Is it possible?

From what I understand, I can create a clone of the disk, but to apply the clone, I have to remove the SSDs from the other PCs, put them in USB caddies and apply the clone image that way.

Does that sound right?
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I have a Dell Inspiron 3647 desktop computer with Windows 10 Home 64 bit. It recently upgraded itself to a newer version which caused several problems, so I returned it to the previous version. After going through the process of putting it back to the previous version it appeared to complete successfully. However, upon restarting the computer it started to go into automatic repair mode. I let it cycle through that a couple times with no success, so I removed the drive and slaved it to another computer and backed up the users data files and then put the drive back and tried to do a system restore from the only Windows restore point that existed. It eventually came back and was not successful. So I then wanted to reset Windows back to factory. I tried the refresh options of keeping files and not keeping files and neither of those options would proceed. I then finally said go back to the factory restore and it comes up immediately and fails with a partition error (see attached picture). So I tried rebuilding the BCD and nothing works, it keeps coming back to the partition error. When I slave the drive to another computer, I can view all the partitions using EaseUS Partition Master 12 and they all look fine as far as I can tell. I would like to put it back to factory even with the additional Dell bloatware because I'm not sure what the user was using of the original software. I know I can always do a reformat and clean install as a last resort, but was hoping to factory restore …
Hello Experts,

I have purchased a Dell Optiplex Computer Desktop,  Pentium(R) Dual-Core CPU E5400 @ 2.70GHz to run my ESXi 5.1 host. The PC currently has 4GB of memory. However, I need to increase this to maximum permitted.

Can someone let me know what the maximum about of RAM I can add to the PC, and if possible let me know what type of RAM to purchase?


I have a Dell PowerEdge with a raid 5 and one if the drives is failing.  Is this hot swappable?
I have an old PowerEdge 1900 that has a Perc 5/i in it.  I go into the configuration utility and select RAID5 for setup.  I have 4 750gb hard drives, so it comes out to 2.2 tb, or close to it.  I initialize the disk and when that is done I step through the rest of the process and on the last page I select "APPLY" then CTRL+ALT+DEL to reboot.  Upon rebooting there is a message that says "All of the disks from your previous configuration are gone".  It tells me that there are 0 logical drives on the host adapter, and obviously, 0 logical drives handled by BIOS.  What is the issue?
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I have a DELL PE R710 and it currently has 6 HARD DRIVE, 146G, SERIAL ATTACHED SCSI, DU, 15K, 3.5, SEAGATE, HUR and a PERC H700 Integrated RAID Cont roller, 512MB Cache, x6. I would like to use two Samsung SSD 850 EVO (Model: 75E120) as a RAID 1 (OS), and 4 more drives as a RAID 10 (DATA FTP). My question is if I replace my existing drives, what hardware will I need to convert the server drive bays and will this work with my existing PERC? Will it recognize new drive and speed capabilities?

Thank you so much!

Hello experts I've been provided a laptop from my company.  Its a Dell Latitude E5570 with a Intel HD 520 Graphics card, driver is up-to-date, which connects to a Dell DisplayLink.  I cannot get it to disconnect the built in display when connecting it, it always has three displays.  Not sure what to do, I've gone through the display driver properties, display setting in windows, switched cables, docking stations & monitors.  I've exhausted all my ideas.

Oh yeah its got windows 10 pro

Thanks in advance.
I'm putting together 2 new servers for our business.

I'll be using HP or Dell hardware but have some generic questions.

The servers will be running some Windows Server VMs. One will be a Domain Controller, one will be an RDS server and another will run a business specific application.

The business specific application uses Firebird SQL of which its' databases are not large.

One question I have is RAID. I've read that RAID 5 is pretty widely disliked these days and that RAID 10 is the way to go. Does that sound correct?

Should I use SAS or SATA disks? The current servers use 15K SAS disks.

 The current servers don't hold alot of data, maybe only 100 - 300GBs of data and as mentioned there are no significant databases to speak of.

Thanks for any help.
  I have a dell laptop N5050,4GB Ram,Intel Pentium processor,1660 MB Graphics,320 GB HDD
Previously i was using windows 7 64 Bit that OS working fine without any issue.Few days ago i was installed windows 10 Pro 64 bit on my laptop.Now everything working fine & Smooth.But i have a one issue

If i switch on my laptop it will come window logo screen then comes up log on screen then logged.After that later on i was switch on laptop it will come windows logo then black screen comes up.Nothing show on the screen.Then i was put sleep mode/switch off my laptop then power on its working fine.This  issue come will occurred each and every cycle .

Please suggest me what should i do?????
Hello every one,

Sorry for asking these question in maybe not the best English, as it is not my native language. I`m also not a VMware professional but I hope you understand my questions. I have two questions about current best practise virtual fileserver. We are currently using vCenter Server v 6.0.0.
We have a fileserver which has hdd`s (volumes) mounted by iSCSI. These are stored on a dell EqualLogic. In the last article I read they said if you can use VMFS -5 of VM virtual hdd, it is better to use a virtual HDD for fileserver files than mounting hdd by iSCSI. Is this the actual best practise?
Also if these volumes store a big amount of files (500gb-1500gb) does this work well with VDP or is this a problem?

Second question is if there are any (more) restriction about volume size in vSphere where you store your VMs at (I mean not the hdd in vms). I remember with vSphere v. 3.x there was a problem when using more than 2TB for your VM Data Store. But with 6.0.0 we shouldn’t have any problems using a big Volume to store all VMs as I understand correctly, right? But this seems to cover only HDDs IN VMs where I mean the Store where you put your VMs in…
Also I have heard that a mega volume for all VMs is not really the best in case of possible IO problems. Is this still the case?

If you doesn`t understand any question please write also and I`ll try to write it in a …
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Hello Everyone, Im looking to create an MSI file for citrix so i can deploy to multiple computers at once. i have downloaded a .exe to MSI converter and that did not work. ive also tried following the instructions on Citrix's website at the cmd prompt yet i get an error that citrixrecevier.exe is not a recognized as an internal or external command....  
is there anyway to convert or deploy to multiple computers without creating a GPO on the servers?
If possible i would like to use Desktop Authority from Dell or PDQ deploy.
I am attempting to connect a Dell PowerConnect 2724 on port 24 to Cisco 3560G on port Gi0/3. I want to be able to pass through traffic from VLANs 30 and 34 which already exist on the Cisco switch. How do I need to configure the ports I mentioned above? Basically we are using this switch in our location to connect laptops to do imaging and other work. Thank you for any help you can provide!
I am building a server 4 VM on it 1-domain controller 2-file 3- exchange 3-terminal
Will serve 15 employee over the next 5 year it may increase to 25
20 mailboxes may increase to 30 over the next five years
receiving about 75 per day. email in very important to the company
most of the use is light applications lick word and excel
at the moment willo may have 2 users the server remotely (cal)
Data about 250GB

What is your opinion about this quote

To batter explain my question. since there is only place for 8 drives if I go with Raid 10 I can only have 2 sets even If I go with Raid 1 for the host domain and terminal still there is only place for one Raid 10 so this means that the file server will or have to be on with the host domain and terminal set or with on the exchange set.
The other option take a less powerful machine and have a cheap machine for file but it more difficult to manage and involves more licensing. and the client runs on a limited budget
Hi Guys,

I am trying to do some data recovery on an SSD 256GB which was pulled from a Dell XPS 13 laptop. it looks like a stick of RAM more than a HDD!

anyway I cant seem to work out what connectors it is using its not SATA its a lot smaller and I hope its not a dell specific connector...

please see photo attached.

The RAID controller is a PERC 4e/Di (Embedded).
It has a RAID5 array made up of 4 disks. Size is 558GB.
One disk had failed but the disk and data were still accessible.
The OS is installed on a separate RAID1 which is in optimal condition.
I rebooted the server and it had issues during the boot process. Going into the controller config, it seemed it had lost the information on  all the logical drives. It was giving an error saying NVRAM and disks do not match. All disks showed as 'Online' rather than 'Ready'.

I re-created both RAIDs exactly as before (minus the failed disk) and the server was able to boot back up. However, the RAID5 drive does not appear.
In Disk Management, it shows as: 'Dynamic' Invalid. If I try to reactivate:
'Virtual Disk Manager: This operation is not allowed on the invalid disk pack"

Using OMSA, the RAID 5 array status is 'OK' and there is no issue with the 3 remaining drives.

I found this video using a hex editor to bring up an invalid disk but the situation is different :

Is this a viable solution to recover this disk or is there a better way?
Looking in buying a new exchange server for about 25 mailboxes and will grow to 35 wit in the next 5 years receive a lot of emails (close to hundred) and need help on hardware specifications recommended.
Background: Did a lot of troubleshooting recently when WIN7/64 (Dell 980 7yrs-old) failed to restart and instead shutdown on restart. I'd just made a number of software changes and deleted old programs etc, so first thing I did was to restore a recent ShadowProtect image. Long story short, trouble turned out to be the USB 3.0 card I'd just installed -- only to find out after all my troubleshooting that the computer older chipset could not handle 3.0 cards. Removed card and computer went back to restart. But the troubleshooting and image restore left some unwanted changes.

1. Windows splash screen is gone and instead I get the rolling Microsoft bar, then a lot of black, then the welcome etc.

2. More important, I think, is this: Now during startup and restart, at one point my monitors shut down for maybe 5 seconds before startup/reboot sequence starts. Did not do this before.

#1 is or was, as I've read, a somewhat common occurrence.  Several remedies suggested.  Haven't tried any yet.

#2 no one seems to know how to fix and appears to be more important.

I have the latest driver installed for my Matrox M9120 PCIe X card (which has never caused any trouble).

Only thing I could find on this was:

Thank you.
hi experts,

 i have a del MD3220i and i'm getting the following error in the event log.  Can someone tell me how to go about solving it?

Date/Time: 6/30/17 12:07:18 AM
Sequence number: 221184
Event type: 7301
Description: Insufficient learned battery capacity
Event specific codes: 0/0/0
Event category: Internal
Component type: Battery Pack
Component location: Enclosure 0, RAID Controller Module 0, Slot 0
Logged by: RAID Controller Module in slot 0

Raw data:
4d 45 4c 48 03 00 00 00 00 60 03 00 00 00 00 00
01 73 49 01 a6 f8 55 59 09 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
00 00 00 00 04 00 00 00 22 00 00 00 22 00 00 00
09 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 01 00 00 00 02 00 00 00
08 00 00 00 01 00 00 00 0a 00 00 00 01 00 00 00
00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
01 00 00 00 01 00 00 02 2c 00 00 00 20 00 00 0c
00 00 00 00 01 00 00 00 03 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
c6 19 00 00 1b 00 00 00 bc 16 00 00 92 18 00 00
04 00 00 8c 00 00 00 00
Recently my hard drive failed.  I was however able to recover my system by restoring a Carbonite disk image.   All seemed well until I tried to open a  .pdf or .jpg AFTER the restore.

The following message is generated when I try to open a .pdf:

Adobe Acrobat Reader could not open '<file name>.pdf' because it is either not a supported file type of because the file has been damaged (for example, it was sent as an email attachment and wasn't correctly decoded).

The following message is generated when I try to open a .jpg:

Windows Photo Viewer can't open this picture because either Photo Viewer doesn't support this file format, or you don't have the latest updates to Photo Viewer.

My computer is a Dell XPs (6 years old) which is running Windows 7 Home Premium as its OS.

Also, the hard drive that failed was a 1 TB drive and was replaced with a 2 TB drive.  I had to use "diskpart" to allow the file system to recognize all of the new drive's increased disk space.

What could have caused the corruption of these types of files (they seem to be the only ones affected) and is there any way to fix them.
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Win7/64 suddenly will not restart. Instead it shuts down on restart, though not all the way (computer button light on Dell 980 stay blue, but monitors shut off). Thought it might be software uninstalls I did today, but I rolled machine back to yesterday with ShadowProtect. Same thing. Hit restart and it shuts down, except for the on light on the on switch. Sometimes instead of a partial shutdown, I'd get message: NMI Parity Memory Check Parity Error. Ran memory diagnostics and found nothing. Removed one memory card, tried to reboot, same thing, shut down. Put card back and pulled other card and tried a restart. Same thing. HELP!
I have set up a Dell FX170 with WES7. How do I copy it twith all the newly installed programs, settings and registries to the other 20 FX170 thin clients?
I"m trying to recover resources and cut down on boot time on a six-year-old Dell Optiplex 980 (Win7/64). Here is the Dell software that came on board.

Dell Programs
Can I remove them? Any good reason to keep any? Thanks.
On my R710 server I have a 4tb RAID set up. However, Windows 2012 will only allow me to use the first 2 GB of that drive, so I am guessing I need to switch from a BIOS boot to UEFI. However, how do I get the H700 controller to communicate with uefi instead of BIOS?
My client had an HP home server running server 2012r2 essentials.
We had serious problems with the hardware and have replaced it. We now have a Dell T180 server running 2016. I thought I would try replication to move the ADDS role over to the new server.
It was a disaster.
My question is now that i have ADDS moved and working, i have noticed that I get event errors related to DFS.

I went through ADSI and removed all references to the HP.
But I still get errors.

So lond story short. Does AD in a stand alone server setup need Dfs?

If not how do you disable it and not get 20 errors an hour.
Hi experts,
I know this is old NAS server but still needs to support due to some reasons.

NAS Configuration
OS :- Windows storage server 2008 - 64
2 hard drive – RAID 1 configuration for OS (Not Backed up - Want to take backup of this HDs)
12 hard drive – RAID 6 configuration for image backup. (Backed up by tape drive)  

I have failure in one Hard drive (internal OS) and RAID-1 is degraded. To change failed HD i have to open server so before that i want to take backup.   Tried Windows server backup utility to take backup but it is failing on Windows SBS Server 2008 Backup fails  with error code 2155348075 (failed because the Volume Shadow Copy Service operation to create a shadow copy of the volumes being backed up failed with following error code '2155348075.) and VSS (volume shadow copy service error)

We have norton backup exec 2010 for tape backup.

Any idea how to take backup of windows server storage 2008 ? latest Acronis ? or how to resolve standard windows backup error ?


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