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Q: Need to replace dying hard drive in laptop.

I got so confused searching for a solution I decided to ask for specific detailed answer. My 80 year old brain doesn't help especially since I am not a techie, just to poor to pay to have it done!!!
I am getting notices that my 8 year old Win 7 laptop 80 GB HDD has a problem, but it still works and I haven't used it since the notices appeared.
I purchased another 80 GB HDD.
How do I clone the existing HDD to my external HDD, install the new HDD and transfer the clone to the new HDD and have it boot with all the existing programs and files working as before.
I appreciate someone's help.

Preferred Solution: Need to replace dying hard drive in laptop.

I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloadreimage.com/download.php. (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)

A: Need to replace dying hard drive in laptop.

You could try a clone. Or you could try an imaging procedure.

Either can work or fail.

I'd say the best tool for the job is Macrium Reflect Free Edition. It will clone or image. It's free.

Windows 7 has a built-in imaging capability, but it can be confusing if you are unfamiliar with it.

With Macrium Reflect, the general procedure would be:

Install Macrium.

Use it to make an image file. Save the image file on the external disc.

Make a "recovery" CD with Macrium.

Install your new hard drive.

Boot from the recovery CD and navigate to the image file you made.

"Restore" that image file to the new hard drive.

That's the basic procedure, but it's not foolproof. Neither is cloning.

Are you ready, willing, and able to reinstall Windows and all of your applications if cloning and imaging fail?

Have you backed up your personal data, bookmarks, and email to the external hard drive? That would probably be my first concern as the old hard drive may expire in 2 minutes for all we know.

Can you give the exact message you are getting about a bad hard drive? What is giving you this message?

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I am using a ribbon cable with a pcmcia card that connects to my working laptop on one end and a connector on the other end that connects to my failing hard drive. When I view the contents of the failing hard drive, I see the folders, but cannot access the files that the folders contain. How can I obtain access to them and transfer them to my good hard drive/laptop?

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A Compaq Presario 900 laptop running XP home froze and rebooted.

Error message was something similar to "Boot disk error occurred" Press Ctrl+ALT+Del to restart. Upon reboot the same message.

After googling found a link to diagnostics at the Hitachi website and ran them
message received was "smart test failure- send drive to vendor"

Friend then found the recovery CD so placed that in and ran the recovery
which took me to the C: prompt. Ran CHKDSK /R (it took about 24 hrs) moving 1% every 15 minutes.

This morning had the C prompt again, Removed the CD and rebooted.
Something about a TRAP error 6 showed on the screen as well as some Eax type things. Rebooted again, TRAP error 8 with "double fault" with more gibberish on screen.

Found a reference to "Extracting data from a dead laptop with a laptop hard drive adapter" and about to pursue that avenue but don't know how fruitful it will be. IF the desktop HD sees the laptop HD - just copy the files over, right? And if the desktop HD DOES NOT see the laptop HD then ???

What I'd like to do is recover certain files from the dead drive by any means possible (starting with the least expensive and easiest and progressing accordingly).

I'd greatly appreciate any further suggestions.
If all else fails any recommendations on data recovery software or firms would be great (I have spinrite and it says the drive is in bad shape and that the recovery option may take over 40 hours... Read more

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My primary HDD was failing so I backed it up and replaced it with a larger 1TB drive.  After reinstalling everything the new drive is displaying the same size as my old drive and the extra space available is unallocated.  I can allocate it as
a separate drive but I find that annoying and would prefer to just have my primary C: drive show up with all of the available space.  I formatted the extra space and made it available separately as drive G hoping that I could EXPAND drive C but that option
is not highlighted as selectable on drive C for some reason.  Should I just live with this extra space or is there a way to easily combine C and the new G space?

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Hi, I bought a new Acer laptop, with the usual 500GB hard drive.First thing I want to do is get a higher capacity drive in the new lap top.Are there size limitations, or bios or motherboard concerns? QUESTIONS:(1)Can I get any size (6TB for example) drive and just stick it in? Acer 17.3 P2020ME1-731-20204G50Mnii Thx!Mark 

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The hard drive on this laptop is beginning to make intermittent noises.Where can  I buy a replacement hard drive and how do I transfer the complete contents (i.e. OS, Office Products, 3rd party software, etc.) of my old hard drive to a new bootable hard drive?I assume MOVING all the contents of my old hard drive to the new hard drive satisfies my licensing agreement to have only one copy of the software operating at a time.  I wish to remain with the Windows 7 operating system.

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Hi,You can buy any good branded 2.5 inch SATA 9.5mm HDD. Western digital, HGST travelstar are good ones.For moving, you can use Macrium Reflect Free cloninghttp://kb.macrium.com/KnowledgebaseArticle50081.aspxYou need SATA to USB adapter to connect hard drive to computer:https://www.walmart.com/ip/StarTech.com-USB-3.0-to-2.5-SATA-III-Hard-Drive-Adapter-Cable-w-UASP-Stor...But word of caution: if OS is corrupted or hard drive is failing, cloning wouldn't be a good option as it may not successfully move with all OS integrity retainedRegardsVisruth

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I'm new, plz help.  My laptop's hard drive is failing and needs replacing.  I can order a similar drive (a 160 GB SATA drive) from ebay.  Question: when I get and replace the drive, what steps must I take for the laptop's BIOS to recognize the new drive, make it the primary, then install the Windows 7 OS from my Recovery DVDs?Perhaps the BIOS will see the drive automatically and I can simply use the Reccovery DVDs???? Thank you!

A:How to replace my laptop's hard drive

It's really straightforward. Stick the new drive in the machine, boot from the DVD and let the installer initialize, format and mount the hard drive.  Hard drive "how-to" is on p. 4-10 of the Service manual here: http://h10032.www1.hp.com/ctg/Manual/c01868653 These older laptops are a joy to work on. Reminds me of when the computers and pollution control stuff became common on cars. Makes you nostalgic for your 1969 Chevy Impala which you could tune up yourself.  If this is "the Answer" please click "Accept as Solution" to help others find it.   

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Guys I am looking to replace the hard disk in my HP Pavilion dv6 laptop with an SSD drive to improve performance. Can someone please advise what interface/size/height/dimensions that is required for successful installation. Please also advise any additional information that I might require. Thanks in advance,T  

A:Want to replace hard disk in laptop with SSD drive

actually you can't upgrade there are differnt slots for SSD,means its coonecting port with motherboard is different.

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I was compromised by a cyber locker virus/malware. It completely has my computer in it's control. It wants me to pay a ransom to unlock it. I decided to get a new hard drive and toss the old one. There is nothing important on it. I'm using my desk top to write this question.
This is a HP Zv5445us laptop with Windows XP, a FUJITSU 100GB hard drive, and 1152 MB memory. I purchased a SEAGATE 160 GB hard drive to replace the original. I do have the recovery disc that came with the lap top.
After installing the new hard drive and turn the power on, and click the ESC key, I get a boot menu. If I click on hard drive, Media test failure screen shows.
If I just turn it on, There is a screen with PXE-E61:Media Test Failure.
If I turn it on and click F10 key, I get a PhoenixBIOS Setup Utility page with the PC specs.
My question: What is the procedure to format the new hard drive then install windows XP and use the recovery disc? Any and all help is very much appreciated. Thank You.

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A:can i replace a laptop hard drive with a newer one???

Originally Posted by nostaw5

the title says it all

Yes, you just need to make sure the newer hard drive is compatible with your laptop (cables/voltage/etc.)

Hope I helped!

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Is there a video (YouTube) or manual that shows how to replace a hard drive on  my  HP 14 -n018us laptop? Thanks MP

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Hi every one. I had been using the laptop fine then the next thing it restarted and wont start. Then im hearing the dreaded ticking and clicking from the hard drive. Ive taken all the screws out of the back of the case but i cant see any way to separate the case to get at the hard drive. Id really appreciate any help.

A:How do i open my laptop to replace the hard drive

Hi, The Specifications Page for your notebook lists it as shipping with Windows 10 - if that's correct, the machine should still be under warranty so you could contact HP and arrange to have the drive replaced free of charge- If needed, you can check your warranty status Here. If you live in the UK, contact HP Here. If you live in the US, contact HP Here. If you are in another part of the world, start Here. If you do want to replace the HDD yourself, the procedure is detailed starting on Page 56 of the Maintenance & Service Guide.  ( Note that there are 2 screws under the rear rubber feet that are easy to forget- Page 39 ). Regards, DP-K 

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I am trying to help out a family member. Her little used laptop (now 8 years old) slowed down to a crawl.
After trying all software solutions (repair, restore etc), I ran HD Tune which showed the heard drive was failing (plus the fact at idle the drive starts spinning furiously for a few seconds every couple of minutes).

I have taken an image of the drive onto an external hard drive using Macrium. As it is an HP Pavillion (dv6404tu) and came only with the system restore on the hard drive and no op sys disk, can I install a new drive, make a bootable CD and boot from this and then transfer the image onto the new drive? And is it that simple?

Also, as a new 120gb drive for this model will run approx $125, a SSD makes more financail/performance sense, only from what I have read, am I correct in that I can't use a SSD with this older laptop?

Thanks in advance.

HP Pavillion dv6404tu with Vista 32bit

A:Replace hard drive in HP Laptop without install discs

The chances are that yes, it is that simple.

On my old Dell laptop with Vista, that's how the system had been transferred to an SSD. The difference was that I've used USB not CD boot disk. The imaging with Macruim did not impact licensing of the OS and applications, they are working just fine. Vista is SSD aware and will adjust the boot sector size for the best SSD performance.

The wild card is how HP handles licenses for the new hard drive, be that HDD or SSD? They may do it differently than Dell, but I doubt it...

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It has been a long time but stilll see some familiar faces. My hard drive went and we just installed a new Toshiba (direct replacement) on this Dell Laptop.

I have the original OS Re-installation DVD (from Dell) but it is not recognizing it. Not quite sure what to do/try next.

Appreciate any input/direction.

A:Replace Hard Drive in Dell Studio XPS Laptop

Post here and ask Peter (Ex_Brit) to send you the link to the versions of Vista you need, 32 or 64. Include your E-mail address mucked up, like abc at xyz DOT com then edit your post and remove it as soon as you receive the link.

The ISO Peter provides has both SP1 and SP2 applied.

Pick up the Tutorial: How to Download a Vista ISO and Create an Installation DVD or USB here:

To Create Vista Installation DVD or USB Flash Drive with ISO File

During the install, when asked for the key, don't enter it. You will then be given a menu where you can chose the version you want to install.

Activate once the install is completed.

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I have a Dell Precision M4500 laptop that I bought a couple of years ago. It has a 64GB SSD with 64bit Win7 on it, and a 500GB internal 5400rpm Toshiba storage HD linked to the SSD. Lately I've noticed that the Toshiba drive is starting to click noticeably, which means it's probably time for a replacement.

The question is if I go out and buy a new 500GB or 1TB drive, is it just plug & play and the OS will just detect it automatically? Or will I need to install some kind of Intel storage drivers and do some additional tweaking?

I've never done this before so any help here would be most appreciative.

A:How do I replace a storage hard drive that's built into my laptop?

It will likely be plug and play, but laptops can be kind of finicky. If it does require drivers, Windows should install them automatically, or through Windows update.

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I have a samsung r530 that is 1 ish almost years old. Says its Processor Intel Core i3 330E @ 2133MHz with 4gig MB of RAM.

I am hearing a clicking noise, sounds like a an old fashion cash register, like pages turning... click click, AND it has just started to stay "hung up" when i opened a webpage like it is working real hard! These are new things happening, I think the noise was always like that, but it was one quick click noise before.

A:HELP is my hard drive dying?

Sounds like the beginning of the end.

I'd copy all critical files, particularly personal data, to some other drive or disc. Sooner rather than later.

Then I would run the hard drive manufacturer's disk utility application to see if it turns up any errors.

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My PC has been freezing and stuttering a lot lately. Sometimes it will reset itself during these freezes, it even freezes in the boot menu. Task Manager says disk usage is at 0% all the time no matter what I do. Every time I try to use system restore or disk check I get the DPC_Watchdog_Violation BSOD. The HDD is 5 years old and It wouldn't surprise me if it was dying. What do you guys think? I'm open for suggestions. Thank you.

A:Hard Drive Dying??

Welcome to the forum. It could be anything best bet is to go to makers site of the hd and download their test which will tell you if there are any faults

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My computer occasionally makes buzzing noises that last approximately 5 seconds. The computer does not stall in any way, nothing flickers, there is no noticable change in performance while this happens. I am not certain if this buzzing is caused by the CD-ROM Drive (Which I doubt -- it is new and works ok) or by my hard drive (which is frightening, but the computer works fine) or by some other peripheral.

I have experienced some problems whena DVD is in the drive while booting up the computer, but I have been advised just to remove the DVD to avoid them (Someone suggested it was a virusscan issue)

Is it possible that the Hard drive is on its way out even though the buzzing doens't effect the performance at all?

Either way, I'm backing up right now!


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A few months ago I was switching back and forth between AHCI and IDE with the BIOS and Registry fixes.

During that time, between testing and crude benchmarking, I tried saving a MS Works 6 .xls spreadsheet file and got "File does not exist", and I also lost two Macrium Reflect boot drive images on a five year old Seagate 7200.10 320GB IDE drive (model ST3320620A)

CHKDSK /R, HD Tune and SeaTools tests showed zero errors. Defraggler's S.M.A.R.T. readout said 0 reallocated sectors. Out of caution I moved the data off the drive and took it out of my rig.

If the drive passed all tests, how else can I tell if the drive is still in good shape and usable?

A:How can I be sure a hard drive is really dying?

I don't think you can tell with 100% assurance that a drive is good or bad. Sometimes drives fail with absolutely no warning. Other times you may have some warning signs (strange noises, perfomance issues, etc) and the drive may just keep on working. This article gives some info about warning signs for hard drive failure.

HowStuffWorks "Signs of Hard Drive Failure"

My personal suggestion is to create system images on a regular basis. I use the native Windows 7 imaging tool, Macrium free, and Paragon free and each one is assigned to its own external hard drive. Also, my personal policy is to immediately replace a hard drive as soon as it exhibits any warning signs of failure. I might put the drive in an enclosure and use it for non-critical data storage or if it's really acting up, just toss it after wiping it clean with DBAN.

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Hello all,

I am experiencing a problem with my computer which I believe is being caused by one of my data hard drives

Before I go into details here is my current hardware:

Q6600 3.0GHZ
6GB PC2 6400 800mhz (2x 2gb/2x 1gb)
Nvidia GTX 275 896mb
Onboard soundcard
Windows 7 x64
Jeantech 1000W PSU

Operating system is on 500GB drive
++ two 1TB data drives (2.5TB total storage)

The problem:

Upon accessing certain files in one of my 1TB drives, I hear a distictive "click/lockup/halt" sound and then the entire system crashes (first the drive will become inaccessible, then windows explorer will crash, followed by the mouse and eventually a BSOD after a minute)

My sixth sense is telling me there must be certain portions of this drive which are extremely corrupted/malfunctioning - an uneducated guess as to what could be happening.

Possible causes:
I rarely defragment (once a year?) and I am always working with/shifting around massive uncompressed video files (30GB+)

I haven't had to format my operating system for a few years, so could there be corrupted registry files? I haven't used any registry clean up/checking software

PSU issue? Bear in mind the computer has operated flawlessly for the past year and the crash appears to coincide with opening/accessing certain files

Generic hardware malfunction
Things I've tried:
Error checking tool (this process itself crashes the "faulty" 1TB drive after about 10 seconds causing... Read more

A:Hard drive is dying?

Dying HDD


Do you have or have you tried using a different PSU to see if it the cause - and PSU intermittent fault is one of the hardest faults to trace without a meter - and can cause some serious head scratching issues.

It is unlikely that the cables would work loose.

Have you tried disconnecting the 1TB and then booting to see if you have the same problem. If you disconnect it then boot and everything runs fine then you deffo have a problem with the 1TB and yes it can bring down the rest of the system.

If however, you still have the problem then you could seriously ascertain that the 500gb could be the culprit and not the 1TB.


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The hard drive on my PC is apparently dying. I need to replace it... no big deal, I can handle that. But I want to get my information off the drive because I stupidly haven't backed it up recently. I can get the drive to start (with protests and a very slow reaction time), but though I can hear it spinning and feel the vibrations, it won't trigger the monitor. I don't get a "no signal" message, all I get is the power light blinking at me.

I DO know that the monitor works. I've hooked it up to my laptop and was able to get it to display. Also, the second hard drive on the desktop will trigger the monitor (disconnected the main hard drive and the second drive will run and function properly, so it has to be the main hard drive, right?). I've tried both the current video card and the old one that I replaced... either one works on the secondary hard drive, neither on the primary.

I freely admit to not being the best when it comes to the innards of my computer... I'm much better at the software side of things. Anything that you can suggest that I try before I surrender this beast to a computer "doctor"? All I want to do is copy all my files and I need to see what I'm doing...

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So the last few days whenever I reboot my computer it gives me this error that says something like...
"A problem with the hard drive has been detected. Consult the troubleshooting section of your users manual. Press enter to continue"

And then it lets me boot up fine. I did a chkdsk C: /f /r and a defrag but still getting there error. My hard drive is also making this random "clicking" noise. It almost sounds as though a marble is being dropped in my hard drive. My guess is that its the hard drive going back trying to find that error on the hard drive or something. These are the errors i have gotten through event viewer:

Event ID: 52
The driver detected that drive \Device\Harddisk\DR0 has predicted that it will fail. Immediately back up your data and replace your hard disk. A failure may be imminent

Event ID: 51 (this one came up twice in one day)
An error detected on device \Device\Harddisk0\D during a paging operation

Event ID: 9
The device, \Device\Ide\IdeDeviceP0T0L0, did not respond within the target period.

Event ID 1003
Error code 100000d1, Parameter 1 00000034, Parameter 2 00000002, Parameter 3 00000000, Parameter 4 F88C28F0

I am guessing that the hard drive is doomed to fail soon. Is there anything I can do or am I right to assume I should just get a new hard drive now? Thanks for the help

A:Hard Drive Dying??


a virus will sometimes cause a disk utility such as scandisk to report multiple serious disk errors.

but the clicking noise indicates the platters in the hard drive playing "bumper cars"...probably on its way out.

back up your info now

get a new hard drive and use xxclone to copy your operating system and programs

or just format the new hard drive, and slave the old one to it to copy your important data.

good luck

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Hi, i'm having trouble with my harddrive when i turn the PC on it will act like normal for a while for instance i can play games or do windows tasks but at random times my computer will just die and it will act as if it is switching on and off over and over again rapidly. Also i have noticed that the harddrive is making more noise than it usually does and the computer in general has been running much slower than it should.
Will i have to replace my harddrive ? i do not know what else to do about the problem, i have tried anti spyware and the like but normally the machine won't stay on long enough for them to finish.

My machine is:
Intel P4 3.0GHZ
1024MB Ram
120GB Harddrive

Thanks For Your Help. Jay.

A:I Think My Hard Drive Is Dying! Help Please!

A failing hard drive normally wont shut a pc down, i believe your problem lies elsewhere!!!
First, get the side off and remove all dust!!
Second, get speedfan from the downloadssection and use it to monitor temperatures , voltages, and hard drive S.M.A.R.T. characteristics.

Post here anything that looks out of the ordinary!!!!

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Hi i have a problem.. I think my hard drive is dying, The reason being is I can not boot my PC...
Please can someone help me.. i cannot boot in safe mode either. hense why i am stuck.



A:Is my Hard drive dying

You can put in your windows CD and try to install windows, if it can't see any drive to format or install then your drive has problem probably dead.

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Hi, I have a Toshiba Laptop Satellite P744 for about 3 years now, with windows 7. I keep having this recurring situation when I login. It does not happen all the time but seems to be increasing in frequency. Here is what happens:

When I login the bottom task bar is no longer translucent, the start menu and explorer windows are all different, not translucent. It looks to me more like XP.

Shortly after starting I get an error balloon pop up from the task bar saying: "Failed to connect to a windows service, windows could not connect to the system event notification service...etc" I have a screenshot of the entire message.

Then I get another error message pop up saying: "NT Kernal System has changed since the last time you used it"

Sometimes if I restart it will start properly again in windows 7 but not all the time and sometimes I have to do a system restore to get it back and this is happening more and more. Does this mean my hard drive is dying? Is it time to replace it? I am a pretty heavy user and it runs almost all the time but I really don't know what this means.

I am placing this link to screenshots I took of all the errors:

Here is a link to all my computer specs: http://speccy.piriform.com/results/n...MWcuRIO8IFYnG2

A:Is my hard drive dying?

Have you made full-partition backups of your OS and data partitions to an external source? You might want to make a couple of images each, then get ready for the regulars, seasoned techs, to give you detailed advice. I'm simply a newbie here.

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Hi there,
I have a server which currently just has two hard drives...one new one and one very small one i just use for virtul memory. The other day the server crashed and then got in a loop of rebooting during startup

When i erased this disk clean with boot and nuke it fixed the problem - same as unplugging the disk....Is it broken..or what lol?!

Is there anything i can do to fix it!?

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i have a second hard drive which does contain bad sectors..i want to take it out as i am convinced it is slowing down my pc it makes this squeaky noise everytime i do something...all i have used it for is mp3's so if i take it out there will be no great loss.....the question is if i do take it out do i have to change the settings on my cd rom..i am not to sure about these settings i remember when my cd rom broke i took it out the machine and everytime i booted up i got an error message that's why i was wondering if i had to change the settings onece the second hard drive was out.

A:second hard drive dying

Is the second hard drive on the same cable with the first hard drive? or is on the cable with the CDROM?

If it's on the first cable with the other hard drive, you just need to disconnect it and remove it.

If it's on the same cable with the cdrom, you'll need to change the jumper setting on the cdrom to MASTER....

In both events, you should enter into your bios setup after you have done this to re-recognize the drives.

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My laptop is almost 4 years old. This morning I started hearing a scraping sound from the HDD. Right now I booted into an old Knoppix CD. I tried running fsck but nothing seemed to happen. Anything else I can do?

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Recently my Laptop (toshiba 2545 cds) running 1st Ed Win 98, is booting up slowly. But sometimes it doesn't fully boot at all.

I noticed it when the screen froze up early in the day.
Each time it did it I hear a faint pop over the speakers.

Normally, when I try to boot up the computer. I get a strong flashing HD lights and some dim flickering.

Lately, when I reboot, I've noticed that the HD light flicker rapidly and dimly.

It was a fast to boot up the Anti-virus pre-scan and the The toshiba (red) splash screen logo too.

But then I'd either get a blank black screen and or a blank black screen with a tiny hour glass in the center of it. Sometimes that would be for quite awhile, then if it took too long it would just shut down.

Then sometimes it would reach the Windows splash screen and boot up.
Forget about the safe mode restart, it will shutdown, but not complete the start up. It also did that or a regular restart too.

I did a Scan Disk and a disk De-frag, neither reported any problems. But I do have a few bad bytes or clusters (312k worth approx).

Is this the beginning of the end for my hard drive?
Or is this the time to reboot windows 98 again.
The second option, is such a pain and takes quite some time to re-install all the programs.

I ran a Hijack and found no problems.
I ran a spybot and found no bots.
I ran a spyblaster and had no problems
I ran a few Antivirus programs (Dos, Memory and drive C) and found no viruses.
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Two times in the last week when I have cold booted for the evening I have got a double beep, and a Bad Checksum error message in Dos right at the start. All my Bios seem to be reset ( back to factory settings maybe ?), and I have to go through changing them all back to what I need again. I know my clock battery could do with a change, but does it affect this ?. Anyone can help I would be grateful, thanks.

A:Hard drive dying ?

Yes, most definitely, this is a sign that the cmos battery needs to be replaced.......however, before you do the change, write down all your settings...you'll need to go back in and redo them.

BTW, welcome to TSG!

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I have 2 hard drives in my computer: a 40 gig Western Digital 7200rpm, and a 15 gig Maxtor 7200rpm.

When I try to read off of the Maxtor it is very very slow. It took me 4 days to format it. I can write files just fine, but when it tries to read a file, it moves to turtle speed. I moved the Maxtor to another computer and installed a clean copy of Windows 2000 pro on it. The install went fine... it took about 25 minutes. But when I went to boot up it took almost 10 minutes. Also, when I try to load any program it takes *FOREVER*. I installed Red Hat Linux 7.3, which had the same problem. I've removed all partitions, and manually entered cylinders/heads/etc in bios... still extremely slow.

I hope the hard drive isn't dying?... It is only 10 months old.

Please Help.

A:hard drive dying?

call the people at Maxtor , it sounds like something is wrong with it and you might get a new one.

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Here's my prob.I keep getting this error, Source: Disk Event ID: 11 The driver detected a controller error on \Device\Harddisk0\DR0. It seam to start after I put in 8gig's of ram,I ran memtest86 for over 3 hours and everything came out fine with that.I reloaded in windows x64 and that didn't help.Sometimes when windows starts I'll get the blue screen of death,but it go's by so fast I can't read it,also when booting at the loading screen it will just sit there,the light on the pc doesn't blink and rebooting won't work.I have to shut the pc pown and turn off all power to it for a bit then windows will fire up again with on probs.I know it's not over heating, I have a 120mm fan blowing right on it.I also changed out the cable and that didn't help.If any one can give me some ideas that would be great.....Thanx

A:Is my hard drive dying or what?

It seam to start after I put in 8gig's of ram,Click to expand...

can you go back to the original memory configuration ?

if so see if the PC is stable again ....

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Hi, I have a Toshiba Laptop Satellite P744 for about 3 years now, with windows 7. I keep having this recurring situation when I login. It does not happen all the time but seems to be increasing in frequency. Here is what happens:

When I login the bottom task bar is no longer translucent, the start menu and explorer windows are all different, not translucent. It looks to me more like XP.

Shortly after starting I get an error balloon pop up from the task bar saying: "Failed to connect to a windows service, windows could not connect to the system event notification service...etc" I have a screenshot of the entire message.

Then I get another error message pop up saying: "NT Kernal System has changed since the last time you used it"

Sometimes if I restart it will start properly again in windows 7 but not all the time and sometimes I have to do a system restore to get it back and this is happening more and more. Does this mean my hard drive is dying? Is it time to replace it? I am a pretty heavy user and it runs almost all the time but I really don't know what this means.

I am placing this link to screenshots I took of all the errors:

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Hi all
i just wanted to know, how do you tell if your hard drive is dying.
i am on windows 98 and it is a compaq computer it is two years old, i started to get the blue screen saying cant read c drive, then sometimes it was not enough memory, i have done adaware and that has fixed most of the problems and only once in the last week i have got a blue screen. i shut down the puter and when i went to restart it, it went to do a scan as it said it wasnt shut down right, but it was, Anyway after it did the scan it said that it found a bad sector and it might become unstable.
i have not reformated as i dont know what that is, as i am only learning as i go.
This is some info about the puterMicrosoft Windows 98 4.10.2222 A
Clean install using /T:C:\WININST0.400 /SrcDir=C:\WINDOWS\OPTIONS\CABS /IS /IW /IQ /ID /IV /IZ /II /NR /II /C /U:xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
IE 5 5.00.2919.6307
Uptime: 0:05:44:54
Normal mode
On "DEFAULT" as "Default"
Compaq Computer Corporation
GenuineIntel x86 Family 6 Model 8 Stepping 3
65% system resources free
Windows-managed swap file on drive C (12943MB free)
Available space on drive C: 12943MB of 14338MB (FAT32)
Available space on drive D: 141MB of 294MB (FAT32)
hope this info is a help
look forward to hearing back from you all


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i forgot to say that everything else is going good. i still can save and download have no other trouble apart from that message
ok then thanks

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These two hard drives I have, the 30 gig and 20 gig are relatively OLD as in 3-4 years old. In the last 24 hours, I've notice screen freezes, a noise that isn't right as in a high pitched squeal and then it will all unfreeze. Yesterday, It would freeze so bad that I would have all my screens stop responding. I would have to go to Task Manager and end them. And then do a Cnt/Alt/Del. That didn't even work.

And you know how if you hit that twice, it's suppose to reboot? Well, not here. And during rebooting, it would FREEZE! I would have to do the *one fingered salute* to get it back up and running, which I HATE to do. But I did wait til it was technically off before turning it off.

If I was doing a normal reboot, it works fine. It's only during a screen freeze that we have the problem. Could my hard drive be biting the dust finally? I have taken precautions and gotten everything of importance off the computer already. If I can't replace it by going online or putting in a CD, it's on my husband's computer or burned onto a cd (or both) . I'm just afraid I'm losing my hard drive.

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During each startup of my xp-(home) my computer has decided to start running a check disk before log in. I have 40 gig drive and this delay is quite long 20-30 min. This problem started after I l"cleaned my registry" karens registry pruner found @ http://www.karenware.com/ ...
my system
System AMD Athlon, 1008MHz
Memory 256MB RAM
Disk Drive C - 40gb 5200rpm maxtor
Video Rage Fury Pro
Internet MSIE 6.0; 5.1; Q312461; (R1 1.1)
Windows Windows XP

do I have a dying hard drive ?
Is there any way to turn this off ,or set it to run if it has as a problem?
Could the recently found Klez virus be the culprit?

any suggests s would be apprciated


A:Is my Hard drive dying?

[1] Can you use "System Restore" to restore your system before you ran your "Registry Cleaner", thats probably the villian in this case.[2] The high mortality rate among computers are caused by users deleting things. [3] There is probably nothing wrong with your Hardrive. [4] Go here and have them run a free virus scan,
get rid of the virus. [5] would suggest you use your MS firewall
and a good virus program. [6] If everything else fails, re-install
XP. Have a good day, let me know how it turned out.

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I keep all my data on a Samsung hard disk drive. Recently when I tried to make my regular Macrium backup it failed with an error message indicating that there was a problem with the disk. I ran Crystaldisk which failed it and found 4 pending sectors. I then tried the Seagate disk tools (since Samsung hard drives have been taken over by Seagate since I bought mine) and got an error message saying disk fail, request replacement. However, it also suggested trying to zero-write the disk before returning in case that overwrote the bad sectors identified.

I've low level reformatted the disk a couple of times and wrritten zeros to the whole disk. Now neither Crystaldisk or Seagate tools can find anything wrong with the disk, and the low level formatting software I used found no bad sectors.

So is my disk fixed, or is it an expensive paperweight that's waiting to fail? For what it's worth, it's nearly three years old. WHen I bought it it came with a three year warrenty but Seagate doesn't seem to think it's covered by them any more. So despite being under warrenty I won't be able to replace it - especially if I've just gone and done something to it that has eliminated the bad sectors and made it look good again!

Incidentally as soon as I first got the Macrium message I swapped it for a good disk, so I haven't lost any data. But it would be nice to know if I should continue using it for non-intense things like non-critical data backups or not.

A:Is my hard drive dying?

Look at the label on the drive for a date, could be it was on a store shelf for awhile before you got it. Sometimes products don't get to the seller right away. If you have the sales slip/invoice from a reputable dealer Seagate should honor it or maybe you could return it to the seller you got it from. If the drive was handled like some cameras are with the Gray Market, it may not have a legitimate entry into the country.

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Hi, I have a serious problem with my PC and after spending far too long trying to fix it i'm getting a bit fed up.

A while ago my hard drive (120GB Maxtor Plus9) started going bad. It would work normally most of the time but now and then it would make a single mechanical clicking noise and the whole computer would freeze a few seconds after. I would need to turn it off and on again to get it back up. It tended to happen the exact time i clicked on something or if i was copying / downloading so was not totally random. It started happening more and more often and got to the stage where it would just click as soon as I turned it on, over and over again. I temporarily solved this by giving it a sharp hit and / or turning it upside down. Then it would be ok for a few days before it went bad again.

OK so not hard to fix I thought, Ill just buy a new hard drive. Now here's where it gets interesting...

I bought a new 200GB Maxtor Plus 10, and after a few attempts, managed to copy everything off the duff drive. Great I thought, with a new Windows install and a working drive, my PC was running sweetly. Then a few weeks ago it started clicking just like the one before...

What could this possibly be?

Any help greatly appreciated.

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Hey everyone, I went into Speedfan and got a Fitness level of 0% on my hard drive :/ I got a warning from HD Tuner Pro as well. If my hard drive dying? As far as I am aware it is still under warranty.

Here is a screen capture of them both.

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Hi, my mother handed me her Win XP computer 2 weeks ago and I have come to the conclusion that the hard drive may be on it's way out. I'm no expert and seeing the way she was managing her files and the outdated antivirus I think there is still a possibility of infection.

I have noticed in the forums you like to see hijack this reports but I am very skeptical that I will be able to install it on the computer in question as it won't shut down unless you press and hold the power button untill it does! Would a dxdiag report be usefull in distinguishing between an infection and a bad hard disk?

Here are some of the other symptoms:

-one hour startup time
-attempting to open the control panel gives the runDLL32 error and when it closes all desktop icons and the task bar dissappear and your only choice is to hold the power button till it shuts off
-windows explorer stops responding after a couple of mins and gives the runDLL32 error
-Ctrl+Alt+Del causes the Task manager to open and stop responding
-clicking on Properties for the C drive or various other folders either does nothing or the runDLL32 error
-I tried to use the Win XP CD but it just sits there for hours looking like it is trying to reload but the light on the tower never comes on.

After I post this I will start it up and attempt to get a dxdiag report.

I would appreciate any advice I can get!

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Exactly how are you trying to use the XP disk? You need to enter the BIOS and make the CD drive the first boot device. Then with the XP CD, run SFC /scannowSee Here

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Which device is the problem?

My harddrive is starting to make 'click' noises where it sounds like it powers down, and then immediately starts to power back up (I can hear the disks start to spin up again). When this happens my computer freezes for a second. Problem is, I dont know if it's a harddrive going bad, or if its the powersupply going bad. And if it's a harddrive, I don't know which one it would be. I have 3 harddrives, and to run my system I need at least 2 going (maybe all three).

Any suggestions for finding out which hardware is bad before I lose any data????

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I have a hard drive that is dying on me. Its still working but on boot up, bios returns with a bad disk on start up. Able to resume and run windows as usual with minimal issues ( slow load times, slow saves etc) I bought a new HD and backed up the dying old one. My question is what would you suggest I do. Im not sure if I should just use the dying disk as a back up? Or perhaps raid the 2. Or perhaps another possibility.

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If a harddrive is dying or dead its not much good for anything anymore.All you can do is junk it.

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After leaving my computer idle while I'm at work or for a full day or so, or sometimes just a few hours...when I click on "My Computer" on my desktop, the window pops up empty and Task Manager says it's Not Responding. Ending task just clears my desktop and after a few minutes, it comes back. Same problem. I can't access any files or go into explorer, my computer, etc unless I reboot. Not sure why this is happening? Is my hard drive just shutting off or something??
XP Home
1gig Ram
80 gig hard drive
2.26ghz P4

A:Is this my hard drive dying?

First before you do anything rash I would try doing a repair install of Windows XP. If the problem still comes back, back up all your data and format the HD.

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My system has an SSD boot drive and a secondary internal hard drive. The hard drive is assigned drive letter E. I use it for general storage, downloads, etc.

Starting today the system hangs at boot time on SATA Port 6 - which is where the hard drive is connected. If I pull the power connector off the drive and boot the system boots OK but (of course) without drive E. If i then connect the power cable to the drive it appears as a removable drive and works fine. CHKDSK finds no errors. Update Driver says the driver is current. Device Manager & Disk Manager show the drive properly. Basically the drive works OK.

The only way I can get the system to run properly is to unplug the power cable from the hard drive and then reconnect it after the system boots. So is this telling me the drive is bad? Even though it works OK when mounted as removable?

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Hello guyz,
pliz help me with the steps involved in upgrading or replacing an MFM hard drive with IDE-class hard drive

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Hi kfkaggwa, and welcome to TSG.

Any chance the motherboard has and IDE controller built in? If not, what kind of expansion card options does it have?

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Hi there, this is my first post on here, i decided to sign up to tech guy as it seemed one of the best tech support forums online.

I think the hard drive in my notebook is dying i first had some brief inclings after downloading some files on utorrent and having Data errors pop up (Cyclic redundancy check) errors. after viewing their forums this stems from hard drive failure.

That was little over a week ago, now ive tried logging into my word of warcraft game and characters got stuck in instances and the game would crash, as of today i cannot log in at all, missing files upon startup, after viewing my computer properties i seem to have 10GB free now, and there was little more than 1 or 2 last week, so im guessing its deleting files or im not sure whats happening..

I seem to be having loads of errors pop up now, and media read failure on my cd drive alot, does this stem from hard drive failure?

My question is what do i do now?

Im on a notebook so cant just take and out the hard drive and replace it. Is the easiest option for me to buy an external hard drive and do the following:

1: copy all my existing data to that drive
2: do a full hard drive clean on this one using something like www.dban.org
3: just start saving future items to the new hard drive and never use the faulty one

Is that correct?

Im sort of getting confused, if i do just start using the new hard drive, will i have to boot from that drive every time windows starts up, if so im guessing id have to use tha... Read more

A:Solved: Hard Drive dying - Now What?

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