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Series of Hard Drive Failures

Q: Series of Hard Drive Failures

Recently I have had a series of hard drive failures. Three different hard drives have failed in the past month, two of them new. Each hard drive failed the same way, initially the MoBo would not detect the hard drive, I would then change the Sata port and it would be detected again. The hard drive would then start failing during use, as a result the computer would just reboot and I would be left with a non system disk error in bios. After that any attempt to use the hard drive fails because of many many bad sectors on the disk. What I need to know most is, what is causing the problem and is there any way to fix these bad sectors (I have used the Vista built in disk check to no avail.

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A: Series of Hard Drive Failures

Have a look here: Tutorial: No POST (Power On System Test)

In particular to Benchtesting and cleaning your computer of dust (if it's a PC)

Also the power disperse should avoid you changeing Sata ports all the time

Let me know how it all goes

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We have had a large number of Toshiba hard drive failures with-in the last three months. Anyone have any knowledge of the issue?
1. General instability (windows freezing, system unresponsiveness, application crashes)
2. Extremely slow response
Running the built-in BIOS diagnostic turns up one of the following error codes on the hard drive component:

Some specifics on our environment:
Windows 7 64-bit (standard image)
2.5" hard drive

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[Seriously need help] External hard disk causes hard drive failures & OS crashes
The thread is rather long. Only read what you think important. Skip the rest!

We have a serious but mysterious problem. We have spent already one week but drawing a blank.
Two hard drives have been crashed and failed (unreadable). One computer has hung a few times unexpectedly and had one weird restart (no memory dump produced).
I suspect all the recent problems have to do with the new USB external hard disk (Buffalo MiniStation Lite: HD-PE250U2).

Formatting USB external hard disk
Originally I would like to use the program given by Buffalo to format the external drive once but we failed. We simply used Windows to reformat the drive into NTFS. I did not use the TurboSpeed advertised by Buffalo, or run its free program.

Case A: Multi-transfer causes system crashes?
The first time we met the problem.
We were trying to help a friend to backup data on an old drive, about a few years old. We plugged in the Buffalo USB portable hard drive and transferred a whole lot of files to the drive. Several cop/cut-and-paste operations were active at that time. The whole system completely froze up. It doesn't respond at all. Only a hard restart could help.
Restarted. Tranferred again. Several cop/cut-and-paste operations were active.
Hard drive crashed - the beginning of the nightmare!
Windows restarted. Chkdsk was running. Saw many lines of messages with:
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A:[Seriously need help] External hard disk causes hard drive failures & OS crashes

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I've been having a serious run of bad luck (or gremlins/ whatever) with Hard Drives on the machine I built a year ago last summer (July 2006). Its my BlackBeauty machine which is based on an Asus M2N32SLI mainboard with an X2 - 4400 processor with a Zalman 9500 cooler, 2x1GB Corsair DDR2-800 in an Antec SOLO case equiped with 2x 92mm Nexus Case Fans IN and 1x 120mm Nexus Case Fan OUT and originally a pair of 75GB Raptors and a pair of 250 GB Samsung SATA Spinpoints, running Windows XP Pro. The machine has performed quite well, very quiet, very smooth and no problems other than I am losing HDDs left and right. I originally had my OS and any utilities on one of the Raptors and my primary software (CAD) on the other. After 8 months, last February 2007, the Raptor with the OS on it died suddenly with no warning. I had barely gotten the OS up and running on the other Raptor when italso died. I mean, nothing, wouldn't even spin up. Neither of them. Just a soft click when the power came on and nothing. Just a side note, I bought the Raptors brand new in an unopened box from the local Best Buy. So I got a Seagate 750GB SATA, one of the perpendicular memory HDDs, again from the local Best Buy, and installed it. Nice drive, very quick, quiet and simply huge. All is good and well, until a week and a half ago, when the Seagate died, again with virtually no warning, just a couple of lockups and then no boot. No noise, nothing. I did manage to offload most of the more vital stuff... Read more

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My computer is made up of a 3.06 GHZ p4, 1 GB ram, and most importantly 3 hard drives:
1. C & E Drives: 80 GB hard drive with 2 equal partitions of 40 GB each. Windows is installed on c:\windows

2. D drive: 120 GB hard drive, but after a crash and a format 90 GB magically dissappeared with no trace... Im left with 30 GB of usuable space

3. J drive: 250 GB external Lacie Hard Drive


The computer would start up fine, and then it would freeze unexpectendly and I would hear screeching sounds from the drive. When I restart the PC it freezes before Windows is loaded and some other times a screen appears informing me that Slave Hard Disk drive 3 has failed. It seems to me that the drive is not defunct yet but is certainley causing some problems. I dont think that its a power failure or anything similar because I have not opened up the case for monthes now.

Any insight would be appreciated!

P.S. I would also like if anyone explained to me why 90 GB of my precious hard disk space has vanished from my 'D' Drive?

A:Hard Drive Failures

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I had 2 hard drives that went bad on me. Someone told me that my hard drives are getting too hot. IF this is the case (I think it might be), can someone give me advice on how to keep hard drives cool?


A:Hard drive failures

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About two weeks ago my hard drive disappeared from the BIOS menu list, I opened up my case, unplugged both cables from my hard drive and plugged it back in, it was working again.

Ever since then, when I start up a program or a game, I hear a click from my hard drive and my entire pc freezes for a few seconds or minutes.

I have never had this problem with ANY pc before. does anybody know what to do or how to fix this?
I host several servers with my pc, and every time this happens the whole server freezes and everyone disconnects.

A:Hard Drive Failures

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I consider myself relatively computer savvy, and I even talked to my IT-professional soon-to-be brother-in-law... but now I turn to you, BleepingComputer. I really need help here.Short Version:I keep all of my personal files on an external hard drive. That 1TB hard drive was getting full, so I bought a new 2.5TB hard drive. I start working from the files on the new drive. After about 30 seconds or so, folders just show as 0 bytes and "There are no files in this folder". The hard drive works on other computers (HP laptop) but not my Dell desktop. This has happened (sort of) with three different, brand new external hard drives. What would cause this?Super Long VersionI'm running a Dell Precision T5400 workstation with Windows 7 64Bit Home Premium. I keep two 1TB redundant drives at all times, synced monthly via SyncToy. The 1TB drives were filling up so I bought two 2TB Seagate external drives. And then this string of events happened:1) Copied all of the data from the 1TB to a 2TB SEAGATE drive. 2) SyncToy'ed them to ensure that all of the data was definitely there.3) Retired the old 1TB drive.4) Began to duplicate the 2TB drive to the other 2TB drive. 5) In the middle of copying, I received the error, (something like) "Cannot copy files as the source file no longer exists". 6) Checked Disk Manager, and the 2TB drive shows up as RAW format now?! It was originally NTFS. Search Seagate forums and you'll find that this is a common pro... Read more

A:Three Hard Drive Failures? Riddle me this.

Are you saying...that you have no system problems at all...unless you attempt to use external hard drives?


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Hi,I have a hp evvy 15 j101tx with the following specs:Intel core i7 4702mq8gb ram1tb hdd with 24gb msata cache1920 X 1080 FHD touchscreen panelNvidia gt 750m with 4gb ddr3 dedicated video memory.However, My laptop has been constantly having issues to do with hard drive failure. I bought the laptop in May 2013 and i have replaced my hard drives six times so far. Even the last SSD(Crucial 256GB) that i used failed. Is there a problem with the motherboard or the laptop?? Note: I am now using the 24gb msata as boot drive since a hard drive rplacement only lasts for approximately six months and then dies.  

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Hi folks,

I could use some help with ideas!

Last October, I built my own PC with parts from NewEgg.com. I won't go into the whole setup yet (unless someone thinks it may be relevant), but basically it's an Intel processor, an ASUS motherboard, a SSD as the main OS drive, and a regular ol' hard disk for storing the data. Windows 7 64-bit OS.

Everything went well, and the new system flies. A few months later, I ran into a problem where all of a sudden, the OS wouldn't recognize the boot drive. Sometimes it would happen in the middle of working on the system. Everything would lock up, and then when I cold rebooted, it couldn't find a boot disk. Then, magically, it started working again. This happened several times. I'd try running the Windows repair, and it would find that there was no valid boot sector, or some such. Sometimes running the Windows repair would make everything start working again, sometimes not. If I got it working again, the status of the disk was fine. No loss of data or anything. Eventually, after much gnashing of teeth, I came to the conclusion that the SSD drive was bad. Seemed unlikely, but Corsair graciously replaced it.

While I was waiting for the replacement, I swapped in another regular ol hard drive in its place. Everything worked swimmingly, and because I couldn't afford the downtime/hassle, I have yet to swap the SSD back in. Only now, it's doing the same thing again! Exact same symptoms, exact same unpre... Read more

A:Mystery hard drive failures

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I've looked around for an answer to my question, but haven't been successful in finding an answer, so I thought I would post it here.

I've got a WD 120GB IDE HDD, manufactured Jan 2003, that has suffered not one, but two data corruption failures over the past several years, and I'm wondering if there is something wrong with the drive, and further, I'm wondering if it is safe to wipe it clean and reuse it again.

Background: The 1st corruption failure occurred back in 2009 and I actually started a thread on it here. To make a long story short, it was a storage drive that was formatted in FAT32, and the WinXP machine it was installed in lost complete access to the files stored on it. It passed all diagnostic tests thrown at it at the time. Lo and behold, when I connected it to a Win98 machine, all files became visible and were recovered. I wiped the drive and reformatted it in NTFS and placed it back in the WinXP machine from where it was originally installed, and everything seemed to be working fine, although the computer was not used very often. I don't think it is necessary, but if you want more details, you can review the thread here.

Fast forward to recently. The same WinXP computer began losing access to the same drive, along with another IDE drive on the same ribbon cable. I removed both drives, and discovered the WD 120GB IDE HDD had a corrupted Master File Table (MFT). Again, it passed all mechanical diagnostic tests thrown at it. Since ... Read more

A:Multiple Hard Drive Data Failures

I would guess that since the drive is 12 years old its probably at the end of its life. i wouldnt trust using in any computer because its just a matter of time before it goes completely.finding an ide drive isnt going to be easy and they arent cheap.

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I have a 2010 Macbook, and within the last year, I have had two different hard drives fail after being installed. The first HDD lasted around 4 or 5 months after I installed it (upgrading from 250GB to 1TB) before symptoms began appearing (crashes, kernel panics). Thinking I had just gotten unlucky, I ordered another, different, 1TB HDD, which in the last week had a sudden, catastrophic failure. According to Apple's support pages, in the recent failure's specific case, this type of failure may possibly occur after a power interruption, which I attributed it to, as the laptop had run out of battery, then crashed completely on waking up. However, after seeking advice on other forums, I was told that it is much more likely that the HDD itself is just faulty. Assuming that it is simply that the hard drive has failed due to its own faults, I have now had two hard drives fail in a row. Is this just bad luck, or is there any possibility that something about my laptop is causing this behaviour?

The only ideas I had for possible causes are that I upgraded the RAM in the laptop around the same time as I installed the first drive, though when running a piece of software (Memtest or something similar?) when this drive failed, I was told that the RAM was functioning. The other possibility is my own treatment of the laptop, as I rarely power it down, and regularly carry it in my bag whilst on, although closed over. I am, however, slightly skeptical about this being the cause as ... Read more

A:Two hard drive failures in one year - Just bad luck?

Well 2 HDD going so soon is rare but can happen. First carrying it round while ON means that the drive is spinning and if you knock it about can damage the drive...this may or may not be the problem. The original drive may have taken knocks better and it was more robust. A solid state Drive would be great in this case but are very expensive. Your drives are under warranty a least. Try another HDD and turn it off when carrying it round and see if you have any problems as a test.

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I am currently attempting to wipe my entire hard drive for my compaq presario pc. I have Derik's boot and nuke but after a minute or so after boot up, an error would pop up stating "dban finished with non fatal errors". Clearly it had not wiped anything on the hard drive and I was stumped. I had used DBAN to wipe a Dell inspiron with no problems but it just isn't working for the compaq. I downloaded killdisk free and booted it on my computer and wiped the hard drive but I am also aware that killdisk is not as thorough as DBAN. Once it was done wiping the hard drive (which took a little under 2 hours, which seemed way too soon to be finished to me) I inserted my windows 7 disc. At first it showed the windows files are loading phrase, with the loading bar, but then a screen appears and says "windows failed to start, a recent hardware or software change might be the cause. To fix the problem:
1. Insert you windows installation disc and restart your computer.
2.Choose your language settings, and then click "next"
3.Click "repair your computer"

If you do not have this disc, contact your system administrator or computer manufacturer for assistance.

Info:windows failed to load because a critical system driver is missing, or corrupt.

if i choose to continue, a screen will appear with the windows symbol and states "starting windows". Then it takes me back to the ... Read more

A:Attempts at wiping hard drive failures

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Has anyone encountered problems with hard drives failing in 790's? Had loads of these go in the last few weeks. And conveniently just a few weeks after the 3 year warranty had expired. Slap a new hard drive in and re-image and they're back up and running again. But a colleague said one of them was the second time in 3 months that a hard drive had to be replaced.
Always this model. We have older Dells, HP's, etc, which rarely fail.

Wonder if it's a similar scenario to the one about 10 years ago when a peeved employee set something or other so capacitors started to blow after he left the company (so I heard from a Dell techie). GX280 was it?

A:Hard drive failures on Dell Optiplex 790

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A few months back I built myself a new PC and everything was working great for a month or so, no problems at all. However for the past few weeks I have been having trouble with (I assume) my hard drive and getting it to boot my OS (Win7 x64).

Heres what happens: I power up my PC and it goes through the "Asus Express Gate" and other "BIOS stuff" - I notice that my HDD doesnt appear in the Sata device list on the next screen it says "Reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device and press a key." So I restart and hit [Delete] to check my Boot Devices in the BIOS. My Samsung HDD does not appear anywhere as if it was disconnected. I open up the case to check the SATA and Power connectors which are all seated firmly in their sockets.

The first time this happened I "solved" the problem by plugging the HDD into a different SATA port on my MB. It booted up Windows fine for a couple of days but then the same thing happened again, and again I tried a different SATA port with the same results. I have been having this problem for around 2 months now and recently when I have tried reseating the SATA connector in a different port and rebooting it is not working right away and I have to try multiple ports with much rebooting in order to get it to work.

I have tried using the hard drives from my old PC which work fine and I was able to boot up Win XP. I checked all my drivers were up to date - which they wer... Read more

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I have a 2nd hard drive ( 120Mb) that I installed about 1 year ago. It's been that's working fine until about 2 months ago. I cannot write to it; get disk write error blue screen. I have no problems reading. It passes all the disk dianostics I could find, including powermax.

Any ideas?



A:Hard drive write failures; reads fine

Hi and welcome. I'm going to assume you mean 120 gigs, not megs.

What does the blue screen read? Disk write error? Sometimes diagnostics pass, but the drive is bad. I'd try to RMA it.

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Okay, I thought that I had it. Started having S.M.A.R.T. messages at boot. So, I figured that I could use a new hard drive. I followed the directions, created a backup to a clean, formatted USB flash drive. Successful backup. A rescue disk was also burned.

Took my brand new hard drive, connected it up. Inserted my rescue desk, connected my USB, and started the restore. 90 mins later, failure. "Error details: The operation failed due to device error encountered with either the source or the destination. If the source or destination volume is on a disk run CHKDSK /R on the source or destination volume, and then retry the operation. (0x8078012D). I did as suggested, no errors noted. 90 mins later. Repeat failure.

Any ideas? Cloning software?

A:Hard drive failing. Trying to replace. Restore failures.

You have a disk error. You have to fix that first as was suggested.

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Starting in February of this year, hard drives in our Optiplex 9030 AIO's began failing at an alarming rate.  We're now up to 11% of all of our 9030 AIO's that have had the hard drive fail in just 4 months time.  The symptoms of a hard drive failure are:

1. General instability (windows freezing, system unresponsiveness, application crashes)
2. Extremely slow response
3. Computer boots to an option to repair windows, which always fails

Running the built-in BIOS diagnostic turns up the following error codes on the hard drive component:

We're actively working to contact our account manager with an analysis of all of these failures, but I can't believe it's just our organization having the issue.  Anyone else out there in IT land having this issue?  I can't get any more specific about these failures and the hard drive manufacturer's involved, because our organization's remote offices are spread out through a large geographic area, and physical inspection of the failed unit isn't possible.

Some specifics on our environment:
Windows 7 64-bit (standard image)
2.5" hard drive
Age of system: 1 yr 2 months
Work environment: Clerical cubicle in a temperature-controlled office environment

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Has anyone experienced frequent hard drive failures on Dell Latitude D400/D600 series laptops?

A:Hard drive failures on Dell Latitude D400/D600 laptops

Had mine for 3 years trouble free. Just change to a Thinkpad.

There seems to be more failure in the laptop 2.5" hard disks than the 3.5" units in the desktops.

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I bought an XPS 8900 for Christmas - I work from home and teach online - computer engineering and databases no less.
So I now have an 850$ boat anchor on my hands.  Hard drive died a week ago - Dell sent onsite tech to replace.  Guy took 5 minutes, said You'll be fine. Thing died in about 10 minutes, saying "Windows could not complete the installation."   Rinse and repeat - second hard drive installed today - Guy took 5 minutes, said "You'll be fine."  Thing died again after 5-10 minutes.  "Windows could not complete the installation."
The first failure, Dell supervisor in India (surprise, surprise), said they would replace my computer - well I guess Dell allows their supervisors to lie through their teeth.   After FOUR HOURS ON THE PHONE with Dell (guess where folks ???) the tech person finally threw up their hands - they could not figure out what was going on.
I am now told to JUST PUT IT IN A BOX and send it to the address I'm supposed to receive in an email.  They will Repair it AND SEND IT BACK TO ME.  This company and their tech support is an absolute joke.
I Will NEVER EVER EVER buy another Dell.  Period.

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Hi folks, I've owned this computer for about 90 days or so.  It's ran pretty well up to this point.  Now saved notepad documents open slowly as does my external storage drive.  A scan was ran using the Lenovo solution center.  The scan shows a number of failures in a storage device.  The error code is: W13E7552K-4GA8B8.  The areas of the failures are: ST2000DM001-1ER164 - 1.82 TBs (Targeted Read Test - FAILED) (SMART Short Self Test - FAILED) (SMART Drive Self Test - FAILED) Any suggestions on what to do about this?  Pretty disappointed that I have a problem so quickly with this computer. 

A:Desktop AMD A10-Series - hardware scan failures

It looks like you have got a defective Seagate HD, which means back up all of your important data to a USB or DVD drive ASAP, and once the backup is complete, you might try to create recovery media if you can. Unfortunately, sometimes you get hard drives that just go bad even from manufacturers like Seagate, and there is not really much you can do but to go to http://support.lenovo.com/ let it detect your system, click on Warranty and Repair and open a warranty support ticket online, or just call Lenovo Support at (877) 453-6686 and open a ticket over the phone. Typically they will send someone out to replace the hard drive with a new one under warranty.   I had to have a system board replaced after about 7 months, and it took less than a week to have the part shipped and a tech out to install it, but with the HD, they might be able to just send it to you directly if you are up to installing it yourself. Good Luck, 

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I have an older IBM Thinkpad I-series in which the hard drive has gone for the big on. I need to replace it but I am finding it difficult to get a straight answer as to the largest drive size that it would recognize. The original hard drive was 4.8 GB.

A:Thinkpad I-Series Hard drive

This may give you some help here.
The spec will need to match and so there is likely to be very little choice.

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I purchased an Inspiron 14 3000 Series along with Microsoft Office 365. I had difficulties loading the Microsoft Office software. After several attempts I took the laptop to a local Computer shop. They told me that there was not enough hard drive to support the software. I ask if they could put a larger hard drive on. They said yes but quickly found out the computer is not upgradeable. Now I want to know if I can trade the computer in for something with more hard drive? Secondly, why did DELL not inform me that the computer would be able to support the software that I purchased from you at the same time? I am very disappointed in DELL!

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I have a 3 year old Dell laptop that I bought refurbished. It has Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, Intel i5 2.53GHZ. 6GB hard drive less than 50% full.

The laptop screen has always occasionally gone gray instead of loading - the computer continues to boot up properly, just no display. It does this on initial start or sometimes (more often) when coming out of screen saver. If I close the laptop lid and reopen it in a minute, it comes back to normal. It has started do it more and more now that I am having other issues.

It would help to know if these other issues are related or unrelated:

- I lost the ability to make new folders and after searching around the web a lot, I found the solution and that is finally back. Accessories lost the CMD and I figured out how to put that back.

- It has never just automatically updated Windows, I get Error Code 80072EE2, but have run the troubleshooter to no avail. I can update Windows, I have to manually do it from the option at the bottom of the update screen that says Check Online For Updates From Microsoft Update. I finally found out somewhere that I could delete a certain file in my registry and figured that out. Then Microsoft told me I didn't have an authentic Windows, but then certified that I did.

- Recently the program list in the Control Panel (Uninstall program) lost about half of the programs listed. The programs were still on my computer, but they were no longer on the list. I have spent a fair amount of time unins... Read more

A:Is my hard drive going bad,or am I have a series of unrelated problems

Hello and welcome Lucy look I am not a fan of refurbished machines to be brutally honest and I think you might be well advised to run some tests on the drive for starters two you can use are
SeaTools for Windows | Seagate
and a surface test with this Best Free Partition Manager Freeware and free partition magic for Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Vista and Windows XP 32 bit & 64 bit. MiniTool Free Partition Manager Software Home Edition. see my pic.

Other things to do are these




download from bleeping computer ? delete any rubbishthese find.

Further on you might even have to do this


http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/105647-ram-test-memtest86.htmlthis one you will need to make a bootable disk set theBIOS to optical (or USB if preferred) boot the machine and let it run for at LEAST 8passes unless the errors come up straight away. Takes fair timeto complete and some leave it running overnight.

Ifthe errors come up quickly then you can stop it and you will have to test eachstick and maybe in each slot to sort the bad one out.

It would be good to see what the temps are too use this
Speccy - Download < from piriform

In all honesty I think you may be up for a reinstall and this is the best way to do that
Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 see pic for versions

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Hello, I just bought this Inspiron 7000 gaming laptop as a replacement for my old Studio XPS that *** out recently, and one of the selling points was the ability to add a hard drive in the empty bay. I threw my XPS's HDD into the slot, but then the Inspiron wouldn't boot. Removed it, booted fine. I assumed that this is because the HDD comes before the M.2 SDD in the boot order and tried to fix that, but to no avail. With the HDD removed I set the BIOS to legacy boot, but it appears that reading an M.2 slot is beyond its capabilities, because Windows just cycled "choose a boot option" over and over no matter which Hard Drive disk option I chose (there were 2, I assumed one would be the SDD). I switched the BIOS back and everything's back to being fine.
There must be some way to do this, but I'm coming up empty on searches. Does anyone have a solution?

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Need to replace my hard drive (500 gb seagate Momentus Thin)..would like to upgrade to a 1TB HDD SATA any links appreciated

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This very mildly used system mechanic (dell recommended) "safeguarded"  computer has crashed, under warranty and ProProtected yet ZERO support despite 5 hrs of phone time with India. Any suggestions as to how to contact corporate in TX? 

A:Inspirion 7000 series crashed hard drive

Inspirons do not qualify for US support, though it's an option on Optiplex, Precision, Latitude models.
What's the exact Dell diagnostic error you're seeing?

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I'm working on a used Gateway M-Series laptop, model number: W650I. The laptop runs fine, but whenever I try to boot into Windows with the hard drive that came with it, I get a BSOD! It essentially reads:

A problem has been detected and Windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer. Check for viruses on your computer. Remove any newly installed hard drives or hard drive controllers. Check your hard drive to make sure it is properly configured and terminated. Run CHKDSK /f to check for hard drive corruption and then restart your computer. Technical info: STOP: 0x0000007BC, 0xFFFFF880009A9928, 0xFFFFFFFFC00000034

Thinking that it could be an issue with the drive, I took it out and put it a drive from a Linux machine, and the Gateway booted up normally. I also took the Gateway drive and put it in the Linux box, and the computer gave me an endless reboot cycle of "Windows is loading files." So the Linux drive works in the Gateway and in its own computer, but the Gateway drive works in neither. Simple, right? Just fix the drive; problem solved. Not so fast.

Now I know for a fact that the prior owner of the Gateway infected the machine with all kinds of malware, and a lot of it was never removed. Since Windows was compromised with so many viruses and other nasties, I simply decided to start with a clean slate. So I formatted and reinstalled Windows 7 on the drive. Knowing that formatting doesn't remove all malware, I also hooked the drive up to o... Read more

A:Gateway M-Series BSOD with hard drive boot

With all testing you have done, may be a bad connection.
I would check the pins on the Power & Data connection on the MOBO & HD.

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I've been googling and using various other search engines to try and find a hard drive caddy and connector for a Vpr Matrix Series 110 (185A5). Anyone have any ideas ???


A:HELP:vpr Matrix Series 110 Hard Drive Connector impossible to find

I suppose you've tried newegg.com?

These have a pretty big range of pretty much anything.

Good luck.



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Okay, so, this requires a bit of backstory.
A couple months ago, I was just using my laptop, and bam.
Everything froze. I had to hard shut down and rebooted it to a screen that said: "hard drive not installed."
So after being on tech support, they came to the conclusion it needed a replacement. So I did that.
A month later, a few nights ago, same thing happens. I noticed strange beeping noises coming from the laptop a few hours before, and while working, it froze, I rebooted it, and same screen.
What I know is that something it frying my hard drive. I don't know the why, though. I plan on taking it back in tomorrow, to one again replace the hard drive, and hopefully find the source of the problem. But I don't even know where to begin on why. Any thoughts on why a brand new hard drive, used for barely a month would just commit suicide, out of the blue?

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@Bill_F? was kind enough to send me some factory hard drive screws for use and testing. Many thanks to Bill.  These do thread into the soft aluminum of a hard drive, but re-thread it.  Then actual 6-32 screws will not work.The hard drive cage accepts the newer one inch thick hard drives.   I found replacement screws.   Fastenal part number 0170770, description SS FILSLMS6-32x1/4 defined as:#6-32 x 1/4" slottdrive Fillister  Grade 18-8 Stainless Steel Machine ScrewPrice per 25 pc (minimum) is $2.55, total price to local vendor is $3.95 The screws sent were:head diameter 0.26, these were tolerance spec 0.208 - 0.226head height 0.12, these were tolerance spec 0.086 -0.09

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My laptop will not boot, the screen comes on and the dell logo is there and the lights flash around the like it's trying to boot and then it goes dark and that's it.  When I check the setup it can find the hard drive, it lists it by the HDD.  When I run diagnostics it fails with short test unsuccessful.  I have reseated the hard drive and tried to reboot,  but it is not working.  I'd like to run chkdsk /r from the command console like I saw in one of the possible solutions, but I don't know how to get to the command console.  I'm thinking I need a new hard drive but I would like to try everything to save this one first.

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Hi Buddies

I am having a Tecra R840-13V, Part No: PT429E-01Q01UAR, Purchased at Oman and i'm currently living at Qatar. I am using this laptop since 2010 and i need experts advise on Hard Disk upgrade. The default HDD capacity is 500GB and i planning to upgrade to 3TB and planning to get genuine Toshiba HDDs. The issue i am facing i could not figure out which model of Toshiba HDD will perfectly suits for my laptop. Kindly advise which model of HDD i can go for my Tecra. Thanks in advance.

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The Hard Drive on my second new Inspiron 17 7000 Series 2-in-1 just died. The first one only lasted 3 days. The second one lasted 13 days.  Is anyone else having a lot of problems with the hard drives in these systems? The system hasn't been jarred (it hasn't even left my living room).
The first issue was I received, this message popped up on the Dell Logo screen:
Repairing disk errors. This might take over an hour to complete.
After more than 24 hours I gave up and exchanged it for a different one.
The second hard drive gave me this error:  Error Code:  2000-0142   Validation: 83350
Is anyone else experiencing pre-mature deaths with their hard drives on these 2 in 1's?
I'm wondering is it:
Low quality Hard Drives
Design issues (like drives getting too hot, they were left both running overnight)
Bad Luck (if it weren't for Bad Luck, I'd have no luck at all).
I'm just trying to decide if I should exchage it for a third replacement or if I should move on to a different system.
TIA - microdude

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Recently my laptop hard drive crashed and i want to replace the same with new one. Old HDD was of samsung 320GB and i want to replace the same with WD 500GB.
I had recovery discs with me.
But VAIO i heard that in VAIO laptop we cannot easily install new HDD.

Can anyone please guide on how to install new HDD, so that i can install original windows on the same as i had key for original windows which came with my laptop.
Also i want to prevent sony softwares as well which are factory setup in existing hard disk.

Request your help for the same.


A:Replacing hard drive in Sony Vaio VPCEB14EN series Laptop

Hi there.

For the physical replacement I found these instructions in Sony knowledge base and I hope they could help you out:

As for the factory settings, on most of the laptops there is an hidden recovery partition (used to create recovery disks) which you can try to access it by pressing the F12 or F11 key (depending on the exact model) while booting your laptop and I think from there you can restore your laptop to factory settings.

Hope this helps.


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hi all
i am thinking of using this ssd for the windows home premium and would like some advice on it it

1) it is 30GB will this be ok for the operating system?
2) do i have to do a reinstall of the operating system or can i copy the existing one on my hard drive at the moment?
3) does the ssd connect to the motherboard like the hard drive?
4) and any advice would be greatly recieved

Kingston SSDNow V-Series 30GB 2.5 inch Internal SATA Hard Drive - Computing at Play.com (UK)


A:Kingston SSDNow V-Series 30GB 2.5 inch Internal SATA Hard Drive

i found a review
Kingston 30GB SSDNow V-Series (Review) | Skatter Tech

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A very happy & merry christmas to u all.
I was working on preparing a document on 'what possible reasons can lead to a hard disk failure' for branded PC's like Dell,HP,Compaq etc..

If anyone can provide some useful info on this, i will b very glad.
Thanks in advance


A:Reasons for Hard disk failures???

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Hello again,
I had a disk problem last week. I started to get disk error messages about disk0, which is I think the hd with winxp on it. My pc froze and I had to restart several times. Later the same day I started to get error messages about disk1 as well, which is my second hd.

Also, I was using a trial copy of eset internet security, which started to give error messages too. Then I noticed that one of the svchost processes running was using 20-30% of my processor, which caused my pc to lock down after a while. I didn't know what caused it all, so I wiped c: and did a clean install of winxp and later I did that with the first partition of my second hd as well.

Everything went well for a few days. A colleauge of mine gave me a copy of Norton Internet Security which has a 90 days trial period so I installed that one instead of eset.

But since yesterday my problems have returned. Disk0 is doing fine now, but disk1 seems to be malfunctioning. The second partition, on which I had a lot of important files, is not accessible anymore, but also the first partition, which I formatted last week and which was almost empty since then is giving error messages in the event viewer. The message I keep getting is that there was an error during a paging operation on disk1.

I am very puzzled. How could two disks break down at almost the exact same time? What was going on with svchost? If I had a virus how did it come back after I wiped c: clean and reinstalled windows? I ... Read more

A:Hard disk failures and paging errors

I'm thinking like everyone else, Motherboard; HDD data cables and Power Supply. Basically hardware.

Mind you, a virus can remain, if you didn't remove the partition also.

But, can you attach all your System Specs to your Profile

If this is a proprietory computer (HP, Dell others) Instead of writing in the motherboard name, better to put the computer's make and model.

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Hi, I have been having a problem with my PC, I have built it myself and everything was properly installed. However I am having issues with blue screen restarts and hardware failure. So far I have lost 1 motherboard 1 of the sticks of ram went bad and all were replaced. Also 1 sata harddrive and 1 sata SSD have failed. I have since replaced all those parts and am still getting blue screens that restart my computer. These blue screens happen at random times and I am unsure what to do. my specifications are as follows.
windows 7 home premium 64bit
16 gigs kingston hyper X DDR 3
AMD FX 6100 6 core at 3.3 ghz
Nvidia Geforce GTX 460 SE
M5A97 LE R2.0 motherboard
I don't know tons about computers but I know enough to put one together and navigate my way around. So if someone can walk me through a way to get whoever is helping me the information they need to make a proper diagnosis that would be awesome.

A:rediculous bluescreen prob multiple hardware failures. mobo/ram/2 hard drives..

Well, I probably look at your power supply since you have not replaced that. It could be providing dirty power causing the other components to fail.

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I had 2 hard drives in series. c and d drive and also one external hd
I changed the main one to SSD and left the old one in there.

I was thinking can I use the old one as a 3rd Hard drive?

I did notice that the cable (SATA) had three connectors in line, just one cable.

So question is..
Can I just move the main c drive ssd to the first cable connector
reconnect the old hard drive to the second connector and connect my 3rd hd to the 3rd connector?

I read that 2 is the limit but I think that is for older machines.

Thanks in advance

A:3 Hard drives in series?

The old ide you could only have master and slave on one port but if you have sata and 3 ports you can have 3 drives some maybe special ports for raid or other we realy need make model of the motherboard to tell you for sure

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Hi all,
I am attempting to install Win7 in an Inspiron 1545 with a new SATA hard drive that was purchased. When i insert the drive, I get "Internal Hard Disk Drive Not Found." I have verified the drive is not showing in the BIOS, I've already attempted to reseat the drive several times. In addition, I've attempted to load the chipset drivers, SATA drivers, etc from Dells website, the drive still does not show in the OS install when booting to DVD or in bios.
I dont believe it to be an issue with the new drive, as I plugged the new drive into another model Dell laptop and it recognizes the drive fine in BIOS, also I can still boot to the previous hard drive in this laptop without issue when i plug it back in.
Is there a specific driver, etc that I need to use for the drive to be recognized or other thoughts people have?

A:Inspiron 1545- replacing hard drive, new SATA drive not found "Internal Hard Disk Drive Not Found

This is strange - either the new hard drive has a rare compatibility issue with your onboard controller (I use a 500Gbyte in my 1545 without probs)) or it is a mechanical problem.I would take a close look at the physical dimensions and compare your original hdd with the new one.Watch the video (even though it's about a 1525 (similar to an 1545) and an SSD hdd) -  go to 2:20

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ok i have a Seagate Barracuda 250GB HP Model VB0250EAVER (ST3250318AS) SATA Hard Drive and i need to the max of hard drive i can run or allow on my DEll Optiplex 740  small factor tower plus  also need help about if i can upgrade my  ADM Athlon Dual core Processor 4850e  and higher?

A:want to upgrade my hard drive Seagate Barracuda 250GB HP Model VB0250EAVER (ST3250318AS) SATA Hard Drive

Any 3.5" drive at 2T or under should work fine.  Upgrading the CPU would mean buying used - these CPUs went out of production not long after your system was current - and that was a decade ago.

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Hi,i found this new laptop amazing and i wanted to buy it on the dell italy ecommerce.
This laptop has a double hard disk system, hdd 1tb 5400 rpm and ssd 128 gb. I just wanted to replace the hdd 1tb because it's old and get a 512 gb ssd.I couldn't find some specs so i asked twice to che assistance chat,but they seems a bit counfused about my request.
The first one told me that the hdd and ssd are welded to the motherboard and not replaceable.
The second one told me that the 128 ssd can be upgraded to 256 but the hdd 5400 is the only compatible.
Can you please help me? i like this laptop and i want to buy it but i don't want an hard disk whith a 10 years old technology.
Thank you

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I am planning to buy New Dell Inspiron 15 series 7000. I would want to replace the harddisk with SSD by next year or so. But i wanted to know if i can have SSD along with hard disk in this laptop.
I wanted both good performance along with large storage. So i was wondering if i can have two disks at once.
Thanks in advance

A:Can i have SSD along with hard disk in New Dell Inspiron 15 series 7000

mSATA and mini-PCI express have the same form factor but are electrically different.   It doesn't look like any of the newer Inspiron 7000 series models have mSATA connectors -- the older 3rd generation ones did, though.
If you want an SSD along with a hard drive, you'll need to consider  an XPS system - not an Inspiron.

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I am trying to fix my friends' slow computer. I was wondering if there is a set of keys or a way to restore the data from the beginning of the computer. Basically, is there a way to do a factory or hard reset a Dell Inspiron 11 3000 Series?
Any help is greatly appreciated!
Here is a link to the computer from the dell website: www.dell.com/.../pd

A:Dell Inspiron 11 3000 Series Hard Reset

Hi,Welcome to our community.You’ve reached the right department. We are here to assist you. With regards to the troubleshooting, please let us know if you are trying to back up the data before resetting the computer to its factory defaults or do you want the steps to reset the computer to its factory defaults? Also, share the service tag/ express service code via private message, so that we can check for updated Video drivers available on our resources. To send a private message, click on my name and select ‘Send private message’.The Service Tag is a 7-character code, and the Express Service Tag is a 10-digit code that is a numeric version of the Service Tag. Both codes are on the bottom of your laptop. You can also refer to this link which is a video that shows steps to find the service tag.

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