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RECOVERY OF FAILED PC HARD-DRIVE

Question: RECOVERY OF FAILED PC HARD-DRIVE

Hi there, Please help me.My desktp pc hard-drive failed in January 2017.Is there chance I may recover the data on the failed drive? Kindly advise what I can do. Wilson

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Preferred Solution: RECOVERY OF FAILED PC HARD-DRIVE

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.)

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My hard drive failed last Saturday, reading "operating system not found." BIOS testing resulted in error 10009, replace hard drive. At this point, the drive won't boot, but data can still be read.

I have a new hard drive. The backup disk I made for Vista isn't working.

I thought of borrowing one from a friend, but my OEM key on the bottom has completely worn off. HP says they cannot help and Microsoft wants me to pay for a replacement key. I'd like to avoid that if possible.

Is there any way to use the recovery partition on the old drive to install Vista on the new drive?

My laptop has two hard drive bays, but I only have one caddy, so ideally I'd like to connect it using an enclosure.

Also, I do have access to another computer that I could use as a "go-between" if needed. For example, if it's possible to simply copy and paste the recovery partition files, I could use the enclosure to copy them from the old drive to the working computer, then put the new drive in the enclosure and copy the files onto that.

Any advice appreciated. Thanks.

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System:pentium dual core T4500 @2.3 GH 3 GB ram drive that failed: 320 GB Toshiba from HP I purchased a new PNY 240 GB DRIVE that my first set of recoverry disks(used once before) stopped  at 26%"copy file fail: e:\preload\base16.wim to C: (can't read my own writing)." I opened my 2nd set of system recovery disk (still factory sealed) and got the exact same results. I searced the web, forums , everywhere I could for help. I read the a smaller hard drive may cause the recovery to fail. I took a 500GB WD Scorpio Blue hard drive I had reformatted when my Pavilion failed. Tried recovery again ...exact same results. I checked out the hard disk at cmd and I found X:\recovery still there but with the original date from 2009. I have tried diskpart,  format and killdisk to get the hhard drive ready to restore,  any ideas? 

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Hi,
I have Dell XPS 2013 laptop purchased in June 2013 with Windows 7 professional OS install in it. Suddenly the laptop stopped working giving an error message with complete black screen:
error: no such partition.
grub rescue >
When I took it to the service center they told me the hard drive of the system might have failed leading to such error. I am still unsure is it due to hard disk failure? On the top of that I have many important working files stored in the system for which I could not able to take back up. Is there any way I can retrieve my files? If I need to purchase a new hard drive which specifications I need to order. Unfortunately the system had only 1-year warranty period. Thanks

Answer:Data recovery from failed XPS laptop hard drive

Recover all data from its drive before it's too late. Here's how you do it - 

http://youtu.be/MFML3vsX3BM

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Hello Lenovo Forums,First time being here because I haven't had a problem with my Lenovo y510p up until now. Unfortunately though, all good things must to an end. I've confirmed through tests with my desktop's hdd diagnostic software that my Lenovo y510p's hard drive has finally kicked the bucket. Failed the read and the write tests entirely. I'm convinced that I need a new hdd. I know how to go about obtaining a new hdd, however how would I go about reinstalling the copy of Windows 8.1 that came with my y510p?Will I have to jump/cut through a bunch of red tape involved with Lenovo, or is the process painless?tl;dr > My hard drive is shot to hell and I do not have the product key for the copy of windows 8.1 that managed my y510p when it was running fine. How do I get a hold of the OS's key so I may purchase another hdd and install the same "technical" copy of windows?Thank you,Lance

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Windows XP , Maxtor drive failing. Blue Screen with "Unmountable Boot Volume". Ran chkdsk /r from the recovery console, and recieved a message about the volume having one or more unrecoverable errors. Set the drive up as a slave to try to recover data, and windows tells me the drive is not formatted.

Anybody have any ideas on how to rescue the data?

Thank you in advance
 

Answer:Data recovery options from failed hard drive?

Any clicking, grinding, or other sounds? If so, stop plugging it in and get it to a clean room before you destroy it.
Sounds normal? Try running some recovery tools. R-Studio is one I've used, but it's not freeware (I used to work at a data recovery company for over a year)
 

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Hard drive failed and unit would not boot. Work I.T department informed me that the hard drive was U/S. new fitted and recovery discs purchased form HP. Recovery fails right at end.  see following screen shots:------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
P2PP BurnBoot Check Failed
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Possible Causes:
1. Yellow-Bang occured at Device Manager
2. Some silent-install failure of applications
3. Found failed at PININST_BBV
4. Found failed at PININST_BBV2
5. Found Memory Dump file
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Suggestion:
1. Checking REGDEV_BB.LOG for drivers
2. Checking BBApps.log for applications
3. Checking MEMDUMP_BBV.log for memory dump file
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Note[for ODM]:
If you know which component failed in preinstall process
after checking above files, please OTS it to the component owner.
Otherwise, suggest to contact TWN PDC NB-PreinPM or create PIN-Log and OTS it with OTS Category Image
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[RegistryDevicesCheck]
Result=FAILED

FAILED DEVICE #0:
Description : Unknown Device
PNPDeviceID : USB\VID_00... Read more

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Ok, my wife's hard drive is toast. Can't read at all. I even removed it, put it in an external enclosure with USB connection and tried to read it on my computer, nada. Tried Spinrite on it. Nada. So, it's gone, and I can't recover anything.

I'm buying a new HD. The OEM version of Windows 7 was pre-installed by HP on the laptop. So I have no disks. I do have the 3 Recovery Disks my wife created when we bought the machine. But when I was trying to revive the harddrive one of the recovery screens said Windows 7 had to be already installed on the hard drive for that to work.

So, is there anyway for me to get Windows 7 on the new HD short of buying a new copy? The laptop does have a sticker on it with a product key.

Steve

Answer:Hard Drive has failed! Install Windows 7 on new HD from Recovery disk

spthomas,
HP and Compaq Desktop PCs: Looking for Recovery Discs? - HP Customer Care (United States - English)

HP Compaq dc7700 Convertible Minitower PC*-* HP Support document - HP Business Support Center

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I have a lenovo desktop H415 with windows 7 home premium on it, the drive in the machine failed, I had made the 3 recovery discs, so I used an empty 1tb sata drive put disc 1 of recovery in, one key recovery pops up saying "select and disc to install os" I see the disc 1tb hard disc, but i can't "choose" it it's already selected it appears but no matter what i do tab, arrows, enter, it doesn't highlight or choose the disc, i hit next and it says "the available space is not enough". I hit ok it asks me to reboot or shut down, I am kinda stuck here, I tried a different drive too a 500gb blanked out western digital same process windows loads one key recovery starts can't "choose" the drive but i see it, hit enter tells me available space is not enough. I know these recovery discs work, I had to reformat once before with the original drive it became corrupted, no scratches or anything, just once that disc completely failed and i replaced it here i can't get the recovery discs to work. Anyone got an idea?

Answer:LenovoH415 hard drive failed, one key recovery discs saying the available space is not enough

Been messing with this all afternoon decided to grab an iso of win 7 home premium and just reinstall that way, kinda a bummer i made these discs thinking if i needed a new drive they would help load the system and drivers needed etc but guess I gotta do it the old fashioned way cuz I sure couldn't get past step one of the onekey stuff ;(

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Hello all!
The hard drive in my laptop is failing, I can run diagnostics but not boot windows. When it hits a certain point on the drive the laptop cuts out and restarts.
General consensus is new hard drive. Problem is; is it possible to somehow save the vista image so I can reinstall Windows on the new drive without having to go and buy a new OS?
Ps, I don't have a recovery disk.
Thanks.

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Hi All,

Recently my older Acer Aspire 5570-2792 notebook hard drive failed on me. It's about 3 1/2 yrs old. Was running Vista Home.
I of course like an ***** never burned the recovery media from the hard drive. And it's just my luck that Acer no longer has the recovery media available. They told me there was nothing they could do for me and directed me to Microsoft.

My question is this: I have Windows Vista home running on my Desktop. If I smack in a new hard drive in the notebook, can I use the recovery media from the Desktop to reinstall the OS on the notebook? If not, do I have any other options? I guess I could always run Ubuntu.

I know this is an older notebook, not necessarily worth a lot but I'd like to keep this running for my wife. She uses it primarily for web surfing and she's hogging my laptop like crazy every since her's died.

Thanks in advance,

Frank
 

Answer:Acer Aspire hard drive failed... recovery media no longer available?

You can't legally used your Desktop's recovery media on your laptop (also because usually manufacturer's build such medium for a particular piece of hardware, with all drivers etc. pre-installed).

I think you can either choose to run Ubuntu or you can get one of those cheap OEM windows media from e.g. newegg. However, one draw back of this is, I believe you can't get any help from Microsoft directly, if you ever need it.
 

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So this really irritates me because I just spent hundreds of dollars sending my laptop to HP last year because the hard drive completely failed. I have a 1TB hybrid hard drive and 22Gb solid state used for caching.  When I booted up my computer Intel Rapid Storage Technology said there was an issue.  When I opened it, it says that the status of: SATA disk (932 GB)(System) Accelerated, is Failed.  My SATA_Array_0001 22GB is fine though.  So I ran a System Quick Test,everything passed except Hard Drive Short DST Check: FAILEDFAILURE ID: Q4MP7Q-6RA82U-MFGJWK-60W303 This is weird because other than the computer telling me there is something wrong every time I restart it, It seems to run just fine.  Im just worried because I don't want it to randomly die on me one day.  

Answer:SATA disk failed and Hard Drive Short DST Check: Failed

Hi there @nmulji,  Thank you for joining in on the HP Support Forums and Welcome! This is a great place to ask questions, find solutions and get help from others in the community! I read your post on the HP Support Forums and understand that the Hard Drive in your HP ENVY TouchSmart 15t-j100 Select Edition CTO Notebook PC failed the Short DST Check.  SMART (Self-Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology System) uses a technology known as predictive failure analysis to tell you when a hard drive failure is imminent. Have you tried to Restore the BIOS? If not, please try this step first. Then, just to be on the safe side, back up your data that way it does not get lost. However, there might be certain conditions that cause a hard drive failure message to display when a problem does not exist (a false positive). To fix false positive hard drive errors, please try updating the hard drive firmware. You can check whether an update is available by going to the  Get software and drivers page. You will need to put in your Model Number and then click the links that pertain to the computer configuration and see if a hard drive update is available.  You could also try to do a  Disk Defragment to consolidate files and move them to another section of the drive where errors are less likely to occur. Did this reply resolve your issue or answer your question? If... Read more

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I was running Win XP which finally failed and I was able to enter in safe mode (only, no networking) and ran all the tests I could think of. Hard drive is ok and so I attempted to repair WinXP from the installation CD. However, the PC failed to shut down and restart so I eventually force closed it. Now it won't even load past the initial black windows screen, don't even get the option of going into safe mode.

Is there any way I (or someone) could access the hard drive to retrieve the data? I guess I could reinstall the OS but don't want to do that yet as I'll definitely lose the data.

Any advice would be appreciated.

Thanks.
 

Answer:Win XP failed, repair failed -- can I access hard drive?

Sure, there are many ways. Depending on what you want in the end decides how to proceed.

If you have a lot of space free on the drive, you could boot off a linux dvd and create a new partition. You'd have to shrink the existing, then make a new one. Then you could just copy over the data from the old one to the new one. Then reinstall windows onto the old partition, and copy your stuff back (then delete the partition and expand the remaining to fill the rest of the space).

You can also just boot off a linux disk and copy it to a thumb drive or whatever.

Or you could remove the hard drive and place it in another computer.

Also, I'm not convinced you lose the data if you install Windows again. I'm pretty sure you can install without formatting the drive. Your programs won't work, but it shouldn't overwrite any of your data. This is a non-ideal solution though.
 

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Had this laptop for about 6 years, had a few issues in the past, but nothing major like this. After, I ran a system dianostic, the result shown that the Hard drive short DST failed. Not totally sure how to do a recovery, I do have the Recovery Discs, so I searched up how to run the discs; turned on the system- press f11-  window loading files- window starting- then it just stuck on a window blue screen with nothing but the cursor. Can I even use the Recovery Discs? I want to replace the old HDD with a new SSD, but I'm not sure if I have to install a new OS or can I recover the old hard drive OS and transfer to the SSD?

Answer:Hard Drive failure (Hard Drive Short DST Check: Failed)

DST:Fail means  the hard drive has failed and will need to be replaced. If you are still in warranty HP will send a replacement. If not a retail laptop SATA hard drive can be used. Just be sure to get one of at least equal capacity as the original in order to use Recovery Discs. It can be larger, but not smaller capacity.For instance if you have a 500GB hdd you could use a 750GB hdd but not a 320GB hdd.

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hi all,
i hope someone can help me out, i am a newbie to all this so bare with me.
my hard drive failed over a month ago but i managed to do a system image with win7 to my new 2tb internal hard drive. i cannot get the image recovery to work as i says "no image can be found on hard disk". i am at a loss from there. I have tried and cried over this as its driving me mad as i have no pc.

Leroy

Answer:hard drive failed, system image not found on hard drive

just to add really that the system image is on my new hard drive (2tb internal). i use the boot dvd and i get a far as "repair my computer" click on it, sometimes i get message saying not compatable with this version of windows other times it lets me on to next bit, then says no image can be found on hard drive. if i go through the load drivers i can see my hard drive with items on it. ie windowsbackup and others. again i am at a loss with this, any help would be greatful.

Leroy

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Used Lenovo OS recovery DVD's for Win8.1 to setup machine (old system crashed and couldn't be recovered) back to factory default. Once in Windows, used the Recovery tool (Control Panel -> Recovery) to create a recovery USB drive. Followed instructions from https://support.lenovo.com/us/en/solutions/ht080887 and created a recovery USB drive. I then wanted to test this drive before I loaded all my applications and again followed the instructions in that article to "reset pc" using the USB drive. It appeared to reset the pc (I watched it go from 0% up to just about 100%) and then it rebooted. After reboot, it went right back into the USB recovery drive. I removed the USB drive and rebooted it again, and got a "no operating system..." error. When I insert the USB recovery drive back in and use the utility, it tells me the drive is locked. This tells me it didn't "reset pc" like it was supposed to do, but I followed everything to a "t". Any suggestions?

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So a client brings in his DV6 laptop for us to replace the hard drive (physical hardware failure on the read/write heads, click of death) and we notice the product key (of course) is rubbed off the label.  on top of that, the client wants us to upgrade him to a 850 Pro Samsung SSD (no problem) once we get the recovery media from HP. So we order the media and go to install it, and the first thing we come across at 6% is the error: failed to create SDV.FLG *crap* Troubleshooting time: Tried an external DVDRW Drive to install OS - no diceTried a WD Black 7200RPM drive (brand new) - no diceTried removing sticks of RAM, different slot configurations - no dice Many other hours of troubleshooting entailed with all the same outcome.  We even called HP back to verify they sent the correct disks which they adamantly exclaimed they did. So here we are with a laptop that should have only taken a 2 hour effort and ended up with a happy client, and now we are nowhere close to a happy outcome.  So I come to the forum of Wizards, Geniuses and then the occasional *happy?* HP Support Person asking for help. Here's the info:Pavilion DV6-7010USP/N: B5S11UA#ABASystem Board ID: 182DSystem Board CT Number: PCRFQ2A2E2SAFEBIOS Version: F.25 Disks Provided to us from HP (for $35):Part Numbers: 692848-001 and 692849-001 Preferred Hard Drive to install to: Samsung P/N - MZ7LN500, M/N - MZ-75E500, 850 EVO 500GB SSDSecondary Option: Western Digit... Read more

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I have two laptops, a ThinkPad T30 and a Latitude C840 (they are both working with XP SP2, except the T30 doesn't have a screen). I'd like to move the T30's drive into the C840, but when I do this, the C840 will hang right after the BIOS screen (incl. the XP CD's Press a key to boot off the CD if I tell it to boot from the disc drive first).

My first thought was to try Recovery Console from the XP CD. I can log into the install, and I've already tried fixmbring and fixbooting it. This doesn't help.

This leaves the option of the drivers not being right. I installed the C840 chipset drivers, nothing.

I'd really rather not go on a wild goose chase trying to figure out what'll get things up and running, so can you guys gimme a suggestion?

Thanks!
Ethan
 

Answer:Moved hard drive and cannot boot; hard drive accessable from Recovery Console

You can't simple move one drive from one machine to another because the drivers are specific to the hardware. Did you receive recovery CDs for the Latitude? If so, you could use them to "restore" it to its factory default with the new drive. This may actually be on a partition of the hard drive.
As an alternative, you could create an image of the original drive and restore it to the new one using some freeware such as DriveImage XML. To restore the image to the new drive, you'll need to boot to a bootable CD using something like UBCD4WIN and restore the image from somewhere on your network.
 

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I have a failed hard disk and no recovery media.I don't have a spare Windows 8.1 DVD lying around.Is there a reliable source for a recovery DVD for this system?

Answer:Acer M3985 Win 8.1. Hard disk failed, no recovery...

Hello, You can buy the recovery media from your Acer customer service.

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When booting the hard drive light just stops and everything freezes. I tried system restore multiple times with no luck. I can run in safe mode.  I ran the hard drive tests on both drives. When testing the main drive the test ran for a few seconds and failed saying to replace the drive. The second drive passed with no problems.  The recovery files are on the main drive. Can I order a new drive with the recovery files on it?

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Xp would not start because my hard drive went south. At least that's what Dell says. They got into my system to take a look see, and the conversation lasted all but a few minutes. Apparently that was the problem the whole time and i didn't know it. I have a refurbished one on order and hopefully it will be here soon. Gonna do the surgery myself. It looks pretty easy. I think installing the new burner was a little more diffucult. I didn't want to spend a whole lot because i'm gonna get a new computer in February. Any advise would be appreciated.

Answer:XP failed because hard drive failed....

Remember when installing the drive to unplug the computer and take out the battery if it is a laptop. Also avoid carpet or any static.

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Answer:Aspire 5951G Hard disk failed. No recovery media. ...

http://community.acer.com/t5/Knowledge-Base/Windows-10-Installation-Recovery-Media-Creation-and-Use/...

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I had two 3.5 SATA disks in windows 7 SP1 64 system. Unfortunately, my MOBO crashed and now i have no PC to recover data. When I took my drives to the  technician, his windows 7 machine identified these drives as foreign disks. there was neither import
nor convert options available in windows disk management utility. my first drive (320GB) was a basic boot disk and the second drive (1TB), a dynamic data disk. Both has data to recover. Because of the risk of data loss , we did not proceed further.


My next option is to buy external 3.5 HDD SATA enclosure and connect the disks to my laptop via USB. I also have an external 4TB USB drive connected to my laptop as a basic disk. My laptop runs windows 8.1 64 bit.


I'm looking for help in these areas.

1. Once the enclosure d HDD's are connected to the laptop via USB, will my 8.1 system show/recognise my external 3.5 HDD's in the device manager ?
2. My 3.5 HDD 's are coming from windows 7 SP1 64 bit system. Will my 8.1 64 bit system identify them as basic and dynamic disks respectively ? The drives are not encrypted.
3. What is the best option to recover/transfer data from my 3.5 HDD's to 4TB external USB drive in this setup ? I do have a Macrium Reflect disk utility.
4. Do i have to first import basic/dynamic disks or convert ? Which option is safer to recover my data intact ?  because i believe, these disks are foreign to my 8.1 system, convert will erase the data on the disks. I worry and confused about t... Read more

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Hi guys, my Lenovo G460 is damaged and no longer launches Windows 7 (64 bit). I recovered all the data, but need to find a recovery DVD if I want to fix the issue and start using the laptop again. Does anyone know where I can find a recovery DVD for this model? Thanks you

Answer:Lenovo G460 - Hard Drive Issue (Hard Drive Recovery DVD)

 
Are you sure it's the OS and not the hard drive?  You might want to run a linux live cd and run a hard drive diagnostic tool on the hard drive.
 
If the hard drive checks out ok, you can make a call to service and get a set of restore discs.
 
Dave

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As per my last post of slow transfer speeds from my PC to NAS Drive, I have found the NAS Drive has gone faulty, the Ethernet cable connection port has failed. I have stripped the unit down and removed the HDD, and I have a external caddy to connect the drive to, to try and recover as much data as I can. However Im led to beleive that NAS Drives are not simply data storage, they store the files in a different way, which is why I seem to have issues connecting to the HDD. When I connect the recovered HDD to the computer It wont allow me to access the disk unless I format it, Can anyone advise me how I could recover the data from this HDD

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I'm getting occasional ticking sounds from my c drive so, I guess I should expect a failure soon.

Including the c drive, I have two internal SATA drives and two external USB SATA drives. I have enough room that I can put a complete c drive backup image on any of them.

If the c drive fails, I have no idea how to boot from the backup image.

In this case is it better/easier to have the backup image on an internal or external drive?

If this can be done directly from a USB drive (preferable), I have no idea how to do that either.

And the most important part; is there a step by step for dummies?

TIA, Dale
 

Answer:Confused about recovery from failed c drive

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I purchased a Lenovo G510s Touch for my parents who live in Iceland. When they had used it for 1 day the hard disk died and can not be recovered according to Lenovo resellers in Iceland. I purchased a brand new SSD instead and want to set Windows 8.1 up again on the completely new SSD. There is no official way for me to contact Lenovo for support on this even though the laptop has International warranty because that doesn't apply to Iceland, so there is no easy way to return the whole laptop so I'm going with replacing the HD and installing everything again myself, so the forums is my only hope. What does someone do in this sittuation where the hard disk failes on day one and the original disk is completely useless and needs to be replaced by a brand new one and no recovery disc exists? Hope someone can assist, I have no trouble setting up a DVD or USB with the install and setting up all the necessary drivers and such, I just don't know where to look for the source material. Orvar

Answer:G510s Touch - Hard disk failed before I could make a recovery disc

hi orvarh,
 
Welcome to Lenovo Community Forums!
 
As I understand your main concern as of now is to get a Windows OS into the system.
 
The concern is the Product key inside the Motherboard.
 
You can borrow a retail Windows 8.1 Installer but it will not push Since it will not work with the Product key in the BIOS (You will need to have you own product key which will only come if you purchase one from Windows)
 
Here the options I have in mind:
 
The recovery CD/DVD can be ordered from Lenovo Technical Support. This will auto Activate the Product key you have in the BOS.
 
Purchase a Retail Version of WIndows 8.1 with Product key from Microsoft
 
Regards
Solid Cruver
 
 
 
 





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Need to replace my failed Yoga 2 11 Hard Drive wd5000mpck 5MM($206.00),, will a wd5000lpvx 7MM($44.00) drive fit..Big price difference..  

Answer:Yoga 2 11 Hard Drive Failed will a 7MM drive fit (calls for a 5MM drive)

Hi Kendoe,of course big price differences, The technical differences are:                            cache (MB); Ampere Peak(5V); Power W (read/write); standby W; acoustic (dBA); Height mm; Weightwd5000mpck: 16                ; 0,9                            ; 1,5                               ; 0,15           ; 15-17               ; 5                  ; 0,07 kgwd5000lpvx:    8                   ; 1                               ; 1,4                               ; 0,13... Read more

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I recently created Recovery Discs in Windows XP, but when I insert Disc 2, it always says that it is the incorrect disc so I cannot continue the factory restore.Now I'm trying to restore by booting into the Rescue and Recovery on my hard drive, but it cannot find the hidden factory partition on the hd. It also now says that the restore had a "convertion" error when it wouldn't recognize disc 2 and will not let me try to look at my hard drive to restore anymore. If I use the RR boot disc, it will let me try to restore, but it finds nothing restorable on the HD.I did look at the hard drive and see 2 partitions with one being a IBM_SERVICE partition with 3.9GB total size and 2.9GB free space.Please help, thanks.

Answer:t43: Recovery Discs are corrupt and Rescue and Recovery won't restore from the Hard Drive?

Hi, maybe somebody here could help me. i've totly lost the original partition of IBM on my T41 thinkpad. If somebody could advise me how do i get it back, i would appreciate it very much. Thanks,Shai

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 I am doing a fresh install in the following rather than cloning because the system has not been reinstalled for 4yrs.  From an external usb CD drive (internal drive removed) I installed the recovery disks onto a 160GB Samsung HM160HC PATA drive with no problem .  Then clicked the restart button.  My T42 booted right back into the opening page of the Rescue and Recovery routine.  On restarting again I used F12 to get the list of drives and selected the Samsung HDD.  This did not help.  Have repeated startup numerous times.  The computer could not be looking at any other drive because the Samsung is the only one connected.  I am tempted to download Lenovo's available BIOS update while logged-in with the old 30GB drive regardless of the fact that my  Embedded Controller Program is ver 3.04 and supposed to be suitable for the 160GB drive upgrade.  If anyone has a suggestion please let me know.













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Answer:T42 HDD upgrade- Recovery disks install but hard drive only boots to Rescue and Recovery routine.

Welcome to the forum!
 
Wipe the hard drive clean.
 
Boot from the first (Rescue & Recovery CD) and follow the prompts. You'll have 7 more CDs to go through (5 for the earlier version).
 
Once the process is complete, the machine will instruct you to remove the final CD and reboot. At that point, you should be able to boot from the hard drive with no interaction required.
 
Good luck.

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I think I might've messed up pretty bad.
 
I wanted to set up a partition to run an Umbuntu OS.  During that process I made my C: drive instead of that other little 100mb or so system drive my primary drive.  Not sure if that was my big mistake also or if it's nothing.
 
I then set up a 16gb or so partition and double clicked the Umbuntu .iso that I DL'd (should've put it on a thumb drive I'm guessing).  It said something about demo-ing the OS before you install and I was like oh, that's safe, go ahead and restart... then I get the message in the title.
 
To make things more difficult I don't have a working CD drive to run my recovery discs on.
 
 
So, I've DL'd the umbuntu ISO again and something from a filesharing site that says it'll boot Windows 7 64 from a thumb drive.
 
The umbuntu iso on the thumbdrive isn't booting at all.
I've run a few checks from the menus available and everything has passed.
 
 

Turns out the Windows 7 thing I DL'd will definintely not work.
 

Screen says Status: 0xc000000f
info:  The boot selection failed because a requried device is inaccessible.

Answer:"Windows failed to start" (no CD drive for recovery)

You say that Windows isn't booting, but it is implied that the computer is trying to start, so you can get into the BIOS. If you can, set a USB drive to be first in the boot priority list and you should be able to boot from a thumb drive.
 
It is always possible that you have a BIOS that will not recognise  USB drives for booting, in which case you are going to have to get a working CD drive into the computer. It is possible that your BIOS may recognise a USB CD drive where it doesn't recognise a thumb drive, so you could try a CD in an external drive, if you can lay your hands on one.
 
Make and model of computer would be useful next time, or main specs if it is a self built machine.
 
Chris Cosgrove

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I need help please.The hard drive on my computer failed. It simply would not boot into Windows. Various error messages indicated some vital files were missing and the partition was corrupted. It was also making more noise than previously. I bought a new hard drive and loaded Windows XP sp2 afresh. I have linked up the old hard drive to see if I can access it because my backups were not up to date and I really want to retrieve a number of files from it. I was pleased that it would read the old hard drive, but very disappointed that it simply will not open the main documents folder which is the one with all the important files in. I can access all other files or folders but not the documents folder. Despite my having the same login name and password, the system keeps saying access is denied. I have even tried to copy it using MS DOS but it will not allow it. Can anyone help advise me how to access this documents folder in Windows XP?

Answer:Recovery of documents folder from failed drive

if your files are in my documents on the old drive using explorer go to the my docs on the new drive and right click and send to d drive or whatever the old drive is called. You may then be able to assess the files.

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My drive failed. I have installed a new drive and I have the recovery CDs but the system gets to the HP BIOS screen and will not let me change the Boot Menu or enter setup to select the boot drive. If I disconnect the DVD and the new drive I get the message that I don't have a bootable drive. How do I get the System Recovery to boot and install to my new drive? Thanks for any help.

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I bought my son an Aspire V5 and, after a couple of months, it wouldn't boot to windows.  After consulting with acer help and the store where I bought the laptop, I ordered the thumb drive that was supposed to return the machine to factory settings.  When it got here and I installed as per directions, the install hung up while extracting one of the ISO files.  Let it sit for weeks while it was "extracting", restarted it, even tried putting the files on a different thumb drive and running it and no luck.  The first steps (wiping the HDD, setting up the partition etc.) all seems to go fine.  Now the HDD has been wiped and I can't seem to get any where.  Any help would be most appreciated.













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Answer:Aspire thumb drive recovery failed

So I followed the steps that JordanB listed in his link.  I created the bootable USB drive, cleaned the HD and still couldn't get the recovery thumb drive to work.  I then cleaned the HD again and tried to load Windows 8.1 directly from the bootable USB drive.  It failed at random points over several attempts and I also noticed a strange warning that "this drive may be about to fail".  I took the hard drive out of the laptop and loaded it into a gigaware HDD enclosure, cleaned it again from my desktop, created a simple partition and assigned it a drive number.  I started loading files on to the drive to test it and it started dropping out randomly.  I then went and bought a new HD, installed it and used the bootable USB drive to load Windows 8.1 (the recovery drive loaded all the files and asked for a reboot, but couldn't find a file after the reboot).  The machine is back up and running and I have loaded all the updates and drivers required. Long story short, I had a bad HDD.  Still don't know what the problem is with it but don't much care either. Thanks for the help guys, much appreciated.

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My hard drive went bad. I had a new one delivered by dell. During the interim I had it up and running but it was failing some of the tests but I did not have the tech do the change out as I assumed I would save the new one for later and hoped the drive was not going to fail again. I was wrong. the drive has failed now and fails the short and long test. Error code:0142, Validation:104554, SN Z1E20W69, Message: Short Self Test Unsuccessful. The machine will not take F8 to go to the recovery partition.
I made a recovery drive with a USB stick. When I restart the PC with the thumb drive in and get to command prompt I have no view of the C drive. I also have an external SATA drive attachment that allows me to look at the drive on another PC and no joy the drive does not show up at all on that setup. I do get The drive where windows is located is locked trying sfc/scannow. chkdsk_c:/F does not work nor does bcdboot_c:\windows. I also get File \BCD Boot configuration data file is missing required information.
I have an external SATA drive and the replacement internal drive. Can I recover the OS? If not how do I format the new internal drive, load an OS and re install it to the xps 8500?

Answer:XPS 8500 Drive failed and will not boot from USB recovery

The hard drive is dead. No, you cannot get any data from it. You should remove that hard drive, install the new one. Then boot from the USB thumb drive. You should get options to format the hard drive and install the operating system. if that does not work, you will need to purchase the operating system DVD and install from it.

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Hello 1) This is Lenovo Y580. My Windows 7 keeps throwing a warning, "Your hard drive is about to fail.".I launched the One Key Recovery option and created a recovery disc on THREE DVDs. If I buy a new hard-drive, and use this recovery disc, what would happen? Would it create the same partitions as before, i.e. partition 1 as SYSTEM_DRV, Partition 2 as "Windows_OS", Partition 3 as Lenovo (for Drivers) and unknown Partition 4? Please explain how the recovery works on the new hard-drive. 2) Are these discs enough, or do I need to create a System Image? I click on Create an Image ("System Backup") on One Key Recovery and use my external hard drive as the target, However, it is stuck in the "INITIALIZING" stage and fails after 10 minutes. Can anyone help me understand why this happens?

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Hi Folks!  I have an XPS 8500 which was running a fully updated version of Windows 8.1.  Using Dell Backup and Recovery 1.6.1.1 (free edition) I created a Factory Backup of Recovery Media to DVD.  So far so good.
So now the hard drive failed and I've installed its replacement.  I boot off the Recovery Media but there are NO OPTIONS to recover that actually work.  On the initial screen I get: Troubleshoot or Turn off your PC.
So I choose Troubleshoot.  I'm then presented with: Refresh, Reset, Advanced Options, and Command Prompt.  Refresh says the drive is locked and to unlock it first (huh?).  If I choose a "Reset" I'm presented with a seemingly related issue, "Unable to Reset your PC. A required drive partition is missing."
Why isn't there a "Press this stupid button and we'll reinstall everything off the Recovery Media you created"?  This seems totally absurd.  Am I losing my mind?
Thanks in advance!!

Answer:How to use Recovery Media for Windows 8.1 Recovery after Hard Drive Replacement

Hi Spamcop01,
I would suggest you to try booting the system with the recovery discs again so that this time it will boot using the disc. If you’re still facing the same issue the recovery disc may be corrupt. Please send me a private message with the computer's service tag, Name registered during the system purchase and email address so that I can check and assist you further. To send a private message, click on my name and send private message.

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I have a Y500 model that originally came with a Samsung Spinpoint 5400RPM 1TB HDD + 16GB SSD cache mSATA drive. The original drive failed a few days ago, so I have decided to not only replace the new "spinning" drive with a 7200RPM model but I also bought a Samsung EVO 850 mSATA 128GB drive. At the moment, I have only inserted both drives into the laptop and they are both completely blank. I went into the BIOS and it shows 2 Hard Drives recognized both the 1TB "spinning" drive as well as the mSATA SSD. The mSATA was labeled Hard Disk 1 and the 1TB as #2. Unfortunately, I didn't create my recovery USB media until the original Spinpoint drive was at about 70% drive health according to Acronis Drive Monitor. I didn't receive any errors but I am skeptical on the stability of all of the recovery media that is contained on the USB flash drive. Anyway, what option should I take to make the mSATA SSD the primary boot drive with the OS and programs and the 1TB as the data only drive for everything else? I have been reading a lot of threads here about cloning with Paragon Backup & Recovery and also Paragon Migrate OS to SSD programs, however in this case I have both drives completely blank and basically starting from scratch.  Also, I have read some threads that say with Windows 8 and later you can create a clean install recovery media USB that will work from this Microsoft site (link). I was able to run Belarc Advisor to obtain a product key, however ... Read more

Answer:Y500 - hard drive failed, now ready to install replacement + new mSATA SSD to be primary boot drive

hi Cool_Man,
 
Welcome to the Forums.
 
You should be able to activate Windows using the Create installation media for Windows 8.1 link as the product key shoud activate both versions of Windows (8 and 8.1).
 
If you're already decided what type of installation you need (either legacy or UEFI installation), you can then pop in the USB installation media and install Windows on the mSATA drive.
 
More info:
Create Bootable USB or DVD with Windows 8 ISO
UEFI Bootable USB Flash Drive - Create in Windows
 
Note:
If you get problems activating online, you will need to activate by phone.
 
How to Activate Windows 8 and 8.1 by Phone
 
 
Regards

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I cannot boot up on my Z710 and failed to make a recovery disc.  I bought the same exact drive it came with, so that I can clone over from the original, since I can still see everything ok (was able to make a backup of data using a drive dock).   I have a Cirago external dual drive dock that supports disk cloning, and using Norton Ghost v15.0 I was able to make a drive copy.  The only issue is that is did not copy the first 3 small system partitions:  1000MB recovery, 260MB EFI system, and 1000MB OEM partition. Q1: Is there another way to create a recovery disc without using Windows (just the files on the drive)?Q2: Is there another tool that will clone everything over better than Norton, or is there some other step I missed in doing this in Norton? Thanks in advance for any help! 

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hello,

sorry to trouble everyone, wondering if anyone can please to help. it would be much appreciated. i have tried reading all over in quite a number of other places, but cannot find solution.
i have a sony vpce vaio notebook vpceb2g4e, originally owned by my german girlfriend. original windows language was in german, but my better language is english, even though both not my first or second language.

when i inherited the notebook, there were problems with the display - pixelated is not the word, but lot of strange lines that pop up on the screen, which i could not get rid of through system restore, amd (or other) driver updates, etc. so combined with the difficulty of trying to understand this and other windows identified problems in german, i thought to do a "c:\ drive partition recovery", and restore the notebook back to its "original, factory-installed settings". please note there is only the c:\ drive on the computer, no other partitions.

for sony notebooks, it is possible to recover c drive from the "vaio recovery wizard" or the "recovery center". i used the recovery center and followed the instructions given exactly. before i did so though, i first created a set of recovery dvds, also following the instructions given in the receovery center.

so during the c drive recovery, i followed all the steps as instructed, and the notebook indicated that it was if i remember correctly that it was... Read more

Answer:Drive c:\ recovery failed, -> bootmgr is missing, & will not boot from

What sometimes works with failed Factory Recovery is to wipe the hard drive first with Diskpart Clean Command
then try running the disks again.

But that is still the inferior factory install so you'll be better off all around if you instead do the vastly superior Clean Reinstall Windows 7. Be sure to read the Special Note for Sony Owners at the end.

If all these still fail then test the hard drive with the maker's HD Diagnostic extended CD scan, which also BTW has the quick wipe function on it and also on the Partition Wizard disk which can check the HD.

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Hey guys I was trying to partition my drive using 'Partition Magic 8' apparently 33% of the way in it came across bad sectors and aborted saying nothing had been changed.

Turns out I couldn't even boot my computer after... so much for 'nothing changed' right?

Anyway so I plugged it into this computer as a slave drive. It shows up in My Computer but as 0 bytes and when trying to open it, it says the drive is corrupted.

So is there any good file recovery software that anyone knows of? Anything that someone would recommend to me, paid or not paid.

Also as a side note, would it be better to format the partition and then try to find my files? As far as I know a format doesn't do much except for say the data is avaliable to be overwritten and I heard from a friend that if it's unaddressable it'd be better to format it and then try and look for stuff because while its corrupted part of it is unreadable by any program.

Thanks.

Answer:Partitoning Failed, Drive Destroyed... Any good recovery software?

Recuva does a good job from what I hear: Recuva - Undelete, Unerase, File and Disk Recovery - Free Download

As for the part about partitioning the drive first. I would try using Recuva first. If it won't let you search for files on it, do a quick format. It does more or less what you described. A full format erases everything.

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Question: Failed Hard Drive

The hard drive failed on my computer last week it has now been replaced.
Is there any way the stored information can be recovered from the disc.
If not what should i do with it destroy the hard drive or are they repairable.
thanks
adrian jones
 

Answer:Failed Hard Drive

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Question: Hard Drive Failed

On the computer of mine that crashed, apparently the hard drive failed and it scraped a few things off with it. Is there a program that detects damaged files and will tell me what those files are? It's apparently only stuff in my account, and some pictures are half-missing their thumbnails, but with programs, videos, and music, it's hard to tell what is damaged. Can anyone help?

Answer:Hard Drive Failed

A good freeware program is PCInspector File Recovery ( http://www.pcinspector.de ) But it is a bit confusing to use.A good program for checking your drive for what you can recover is provided at http://www.runtime.org (it's called GetDataBack) - it's easy to use and it's free to check and see what's recoverable. BUT, it's a bit expensive ($80 US) if you choose to use it to recover your stuff.

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My E430 warranty has just run out and now my hard drive sems to be failing for the second time. The first hard drive was replaced under warranty 5 months after purchase. I don't want to use another of the same, for obvious reasons! I plan to replace it myself thsi time. What would be the best type to use?

Answer:2nd failed hard drive

Hi,
 
What manufacturer/model is your existing failed drive?
 
I personally prefer Hitachi drives.  YMMV.  And you're going to get a bunch of conflicting opionions...
 
Z.

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Hi All, Called into my local club tonight to see the football ( The wife was 65 today and was having a bit of a party with her pals ) and was asked to look at their office computer. Switch on computer, Opening screen We apolagise for the inconvenience Etc. Given options for Safe mode Last known Etc. problem is, no matter what option is used the computer will not go past the opening screen. ie. In safe mode the first screen come up and STOPS. In last known Etc. It comes up with the Windows XP home Edition and it stays there ( Green dots flashing across the bar ). There is no sound whatsoever from the hard drive and the hard drive indicator light isn't showing. The hard drive is a Maxtor. ( I have had Maxtor drives fail suddenly for no reason ). Would you agree that the drive has failed?. I know that I can download MAXBLAST4 onto floppy to test it. But my initial reaction is, The Hard Drive is dead. I am also aware that I can load the said drive into another computer as a slave drive and hopefully read the contents.The said computer has never been connected to the internet. Cheers Bill

Answer:Hard Drive failed or not

if you are able to get partly into windows, ie welcome screen splash etc, i doubt very much if its a hard drive problem (not saying that it is not), sounds like a windows problem, corrupt file maybe or that the hard drive is taking ages to access the boot info from the drive (as you point out the green lights still flash across the bar which shows that windows is doing something) due to fragmentation.

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Screen went black and opon restarting message appeared that hard drive failed Ran a test and this error code came up. Failure id: U0C55K-7LH8HC-MFPWL1-609W03

Answer:Hard drive 1 failed

Whenever the Hard Disk Short/Long DST test fails that indicates that the Hard Disk Drive has failed and that requires a replacement to resolve the issue HP will provide a replacement Hard Disk Drive if the Notebook warranty is Active, If not you need buy a SATA Hard Disk Drive from a retail shop nearby  Please Contact HP if your HP Notebook is under warranty, HP would replace the Hard Disk Drive and provide you a Recovery media to restore factory operating system after replacement (if you've not yet created Recovery Discs/USB Media) Note: Back up all the personal data to an external drive if it's possible. Otherwise you could connect the failed HDD via SATA to USB adapter with another PC or same PC after replacement of HDD & re-installation of OS and try copying /recovering the files. You can also refer to the below shown link for further supporthttp://www.wikihow.com/Recover-Data-from-the-Hard-Drive-of-a-Dead-Laptop Please click on the link In order to Identify, Prevent, Diagnose & Recover from Drive Failures on HP Notebook Hard Drives & Solid State Drives :http://h10032.www1.hp.com/ctg/Manual/c02876562.pdf  You can Check your warranty Here to verify the status and Click Here to order a new Hard Drive   Hope this helps, for any further queries reply to the post and feel free to join us again !!  **Click the White Thumbs Up Button on the right to say Thanks**Make it easier for oth... Read more

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Advent 3206 Win MeBeen having a few problems lately so yesterday I tried to recover the machine by using the suppled recovery disc. This failed twice on 44% with a write error. So booted with a Win98 start up disc and tried to format it, fogetting that the recovery disc removes the FAT. So tried fdisk. This ran and ran, restarting integrity checking each time it got to 100%, and twice on 66%. Eventually gave up after the seventh run and concluded that drive had had it. Please can anyone think of any other possible reason for this happening before I order a nice new massive hard drive.Many thanks.

Answer:Probably have a failed hard drive.

Going of the fact that you received a write error I agree with that fact the your HDD is FUBAR!!!In terms of buying a replacement make sure your system can take a "massive" HDD!

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My laptop turns ones but if I click on something it freezes. I ran a diagnostic test & it told me my Hard Drive 1 failed. So what should I do ?

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i have a almost year old computer. i have a 80 gb hard drive and this morning i downloaded ares and downloaded some music(ya i know stupid.) well later today i was talking to my friends on aim and the computer just froze so i just restarted it and the computer came up as if saying it needed to boot off a cd. so i used my windows xp cd and put that in and that just ended up saying the hard drive had failed or something very similar to that so i used my rescue disks and it says the boot has failed so i have no clue what to do. i really need some help here. thanxs.
 

Answer:Com. says hard drive has failed

my brother says he can do a system restore but he wont be home till monday. so any of u guys could tell me how to that would be great!!! thanxs
 

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Help seems like my hard drive may have failed can anyone advise

Answer:Help hard drive failed

Sure but first you have to help us help you. What kind of laptop are we talking about?

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Question: failed hard drive

I have a Seagate 80 gb hdd which has failed completely.It is out of warranty but my question is, would it be possible to retrieve the data on it.I can actually see a blown chip on the hdd main board it is a multichip surface mount device.I have now installed antisurge protection and I realise that to replace the chip would unviable,would it however be possible to purchase a replacement mb and reinstate the hdd that way.The hdd is a Barracuda model ST380021A,if I am on mission impossible please say so.

Answer:failed hard drive

It is possible that a power surge could have detroyed the chip on your motherboard, but if it was the hard drive that caused it, it could cause the same problems on a new motherboard.Your best bet is to buy a cheap second hand board and test it out that way.

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Question: Hard Drive failed.

So, I just bought Windows 8 Pro less than two weeks ago and my hard drive failed. So I had to install Windows 8 on one of my other drives but now I can't activate it with the same code.

Answer:Hard Drive failed.

Microsoft normally does not consider a hard drive change as a "system change" like they would for some other hardware such as a motherboard. Are you positive you are entering the correct product key?

You may have to contact Microsoft to get it activated. I had to do that with Windows 7 on a motherboard change (exact replacement for a failed motherboard).

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Question: hard drive failed

how do i access my email accounts from another person's pc?

Answer:hard drive failed

What does email have to do with a failed hard drive? Does your email provider have web access?

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Hi. My HP laptop was 4 days over the one year when the Hard Drive failed (well the test says it has failed). If I buy a new hard drve, how can i get the Windows 10 re-applied?Also, how easy is it to find the original Microsoft code that i was provided with when i bought th laptop, from what i have read, i need to first put the Windows 8 that the laptop came with back on, and then put it through for the free upgrade to Windows 10 (which i did last August).Many thanks. rpb218 

Answer:Hard Drive Failed

Hi, As you've previously upgraded to Windows 10, a hardware profile of your machine will have been saved by the activation servers. As long as the previous installation of Windows 10 had activated Ok after the upgrade from 8.1, you can just create your own installation media and perform a clean installation as detailed in the guide on the following link.  Note: At the activation screen, select 'I don't have a Product key' - Windows will activate automatically once the installation has completed. http://www.howtogeek.com/224342/how-to-clean-install-windows-10/ Regards, DP-K

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I have a Belkin Hi-Speed USB 2.0 External Drive Enclosure Kit. I have a Seagate ST380020A 80GB hard drive from a 'failed' pc that I have installed in the enclosure.The hard drive is not responding - I assume the hard drive has failed?

Answer:hard drive has failed?

The jumper on the Hard Drive as to be set to MASTER for the comp to see it. You then may have to right click on My Computer Manage\Disc Management

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Question: Hard Drive Failed

I Have a Western Digital 20 GB Hard Drive that when i start up system it says primary hard drive failed. how can i get the info that is in hard drive and transfer to another drive i have been told that i can change the logic board will this work. help[/ U]
 

Answer:Hard Drive Failed

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Question: Hard drive failed

I have two hard drives in my computer, but it seems one of them is not longer working. The computer can not longer detect the hard driver, and I hear noises as the HD is trying to turn on, and is like turning on and off.

My question is can I use the system restore to recover any files from this driver?

I'm using XP pro, with service pack 2.

Thank you for your time.
 

Answer:Hard drive failed

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Question: FAILED HARD DRIVE?

Whilst checking the contents of several cased external hard drives this morning one of them failed to open. The errant drive is correctly recognised as Local Disc E but on attempting to access it I get the message:E:/ is not accessible. The file or directory is corrupted and unreadable.Properties shows it as Local Disk. File System: RAW, Used Space 0 Bytes. The pie chart shows it as full however which is about correct. Computer Management shows it as Healthy.The contents are old video files which I still have the tapes for but it would certainly be better if I could access them on the disc.Any ideas or should I just format it?

Answer:FAILED HARD DRIVE?

This all depends on the nature of the 'failure'If the device is spinning but the data is inaccessible then this software may access it - but it will cost about 20 or so for a fully functioning copy.A trial is free- but wont save. Bad Copy Pro from click hereIf it is mechanically dead then it is dead.Another way is to try it on another machine - it after all may be nothing more than a USB glitch.A free alternative is to put the whole shebang in a freezer overnight and then hook it up to see what happens- has been known to work.Do report back what happens.

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Hi! I bought a Dell Inspiron 15 3541 about two years ago. About a year ago the screen froze, so I force shut down the laptop. When I turned it on, I was met with following message:
"Internal hard disk drive not found
To resolve this issue, try to reseat the drive.
No bootable devices-- strike F1 to retry boot, F2 enter setup menu, F5 enter PSA
So... I reseated it multiple times and nothing...
So what now? I'm not really a computer expert, all I really can do is replace the hard drive.
I recently found my computer again and would like the restore it. What do I do?
It came with Windows 8.1 already installed on it, then I upgraded to windows 10 if that helps at all

Answer:Help! Hard drive failed!

If you did not prepare a bootable Windows 10 install media set, you can do that from here:
www.microsoft.com/.../windows10
Once that's done, replace the drive and use the flash drive you create to reload Windows 10 onto the system.  Since it has a digital entitlement (having been activated before), that should be sufficient to activate Windows at the end of the installation.

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Question: failed hard drive

Hey everyone!

I was told hard drives can break down & have to be replaced.
hard drives with moving parts that is.
My question is if my hard drive where to fail, I would have to buy a new one and install windows vista first to go to my windows 7 or can i just install windows 7 on it?
Not sure if you understand what I mean, if not let me know please.

I just want to keep this in mind because you never know what can happen.


Happy birthday to me (-:

Answer:failed hard drive

Well it depends if you bought a full install of windows 7 or just the upgrade. If you only bought the upgrade then you have to install vista then go to W7.

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Question: Failed Hard Drive

Hi, I have one SATA 2 hard drive gone down in a Raid Array 0-Stripe
Is there any way I can salvage or back up any information on the Array?
I've got the PC running off another IDE drive with the array being seen, but one disk in the array has an error
Dave.
 

Answer:Failed Hard Drive

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After hours of work i have concluded that my hard drive (500gb 340 used data gone) has failed *sigh*. Not looking for suggestions just bored so i posted this. Until the new hdd comes in i'm having to use this really old laptop that is on its last leg.
 

Answer:Hard Drive Failed =[

Are you positive? It doesn't spin?
 

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My hard drive failed and i can not boot up my computer or even reinstall windows 7. Is there anyway to fix my hard drive? I've read somewhere that putting it in an anti-static bag and then in the freezer will help it be usable. So overall, is there anyway to continue using this hard drive or do i have to buy another one.

Answer:Hard Drive Failed, anyway to fix?

If you're like to freeze your Hard Drive and it is one that goes cheap...i guess you better buy a new one...
or
If you have Data to recover perhaps you could give a try.

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Help, my new hard drive failed

I just got at new Wd 160gb hard drive. It was working fine originally but since I have a old computer I have to upgrade the BIOS to use up the new HD potential. Problem is the HD disappear with the new BIOS. ** Everytime it pluged in (New HD) the HD auto detection can't find any hard drive (No matter it was placed as single master or dual master/dual slave). Remove the new HD and everything work fine. ** Go back to the OLD BIOS and the problem is still there. Can you please tell me what 's the problem. Should I return the HD for a different one ? THank

BIOS Type : Award Modular BIOS V4.51DG
Date : 02/26/99
ID : 02/26/99-i440BX-W83977-2A69KTG9C-00
OEM : TRM-P6B40-A4x-V1.07
Chipset : Intel 440BX/ZX rev 3
 

Answer:Is my new hard drive failed

HD's that size for a while were coming with a PCI expantion card because windows doesn't allow for a hd of that size.
This could be your problem.
Otherwise without know your o/s etc.. it's hard to say
 

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Question: Hard drive failed

The hard drive failed on my daughter's y500 notebook - one year after purchase.  By the time she contacted Lenovo it was one year and four days since purchase - so the warranty had expired.  They offered an extended warranty, but no guarantee that whatever was wrong would be covered.  We decided that was too much of a gamble - since we would be out the cost of the warranty whether the laptop was fixable or not. (We did not know at that time that the hard drive had failed.)   We took the notebook to a local repair person.  He found the hard drive had failed and installed a new one.  He's asked for the recovery CD, which we don't have, since the laptop came with One Touch Recovery.   How can we get a copy of the preinstalled OS (Vista ) and software?  We hesitate to call Lenovo support, since when my son-in-law called and they offered to sell him the extended warranty, which he refused, they told him he would be charged for the next call to support... Thanks in advance for any help you can offer.klw













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Answer:Hard drive failed

if the Hard drive carshed there is no way of creating a recovery DVD's. Recovery DVD must create onece got teh computer. recovery DVD in teh same Hard Disk but different partation. you can order your from Lenove $45

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The laptop was purchased 8/2014. In 8/2015 hard drive failed and was replaced. For the past 4-5 months the system has been very slow and unable to run certain applications. Two days ago I decided to do a reset/recovery and it failed. One of the options listed, after failure, was to return to Windows, when selected that option, the system would not reboot and the Dell logo would just flash off and on.  I tried doing a recovery/restore with the USB key and it failed.  Via directions from your website I ran a test and received the following error: 2000-0142 validation 118518.......HARD DRIVE FAILURE!!!!!!!!  
AGAIN.....REALLY!!!!!!!!!! A new hard drive every year!  I believe this machine falls under the term "LEMON." There is something wrong with a laptop that requires a new hard drive every year!
 When I contacted Dell support all I received was confirmation of the error code, notification that my warranty had expired, and  instructions on how to have the machine serviced and what it would cost to do so. When I questioned the need of a third hard drive in three years, I was told heavy usage could cause it, such as gaming.   The laptop was not used for gaming purposes and he could offer no other reason why a hard drive would continue to fail.  I'm really leery of spending the money to replace the hard drive again,  wondering if this time next year I will be faced with the same dilemma.
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Question: HARD DRIVE FAILED

Have to replace my hard drive,The old one is finished and no data is recoverablehave some back up dvd s made with rescue and recoverywill that restore my computer to that date or one is better to use  8cd recovery disksto reinstall windows to the original factory state. next if one is able to get a copy of xp pro   how does one install the os if one does not have the sata driversthanks in advance for your help  



Lenovo 3000 J105 (8258HBU)

Answer:HARD DRIVE FAILED

Hi North450,
 
Welcome to Lenovo Community Forums!
 
I?m sorry to hear that the HDD was not working and is replaced in your J105 Desktop, if you have created the recovery discs before the HDD got crashed. I suggest you to install the OS (Operating System) using the Recovery discs to factory reset as it will create the default recommended partitions required for the computer and I?m sorry to inform you that the SATA drivers are not available in our support website for Windows Xp, but can be download from the Intel. Below is the link to download the driver:
 

Intel Download Center

Do post us back for further queries.
 
Best Regards

Shiva Kumar




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For awhile now (about 3-4 months) my computer has been freezing intermittently. Initially I thought it was some sort of virus or malware, but the problem would go away for awhile then come back again. Recently I got the Error Disk Recovery window and when I ran the disk repair option, it seemed to fix the problem at first. But then it came back again and then a week ago when it cropped up again, the computer rebooted on its own and now keeps referring to Error Disk Recovery.  But when I initiate the disk repair all I get is an image of the Welcome screen graphic and the progress bar never appears. Selecting the 'Start Windows Normally' option just causes the computer to reboot. I?ve run the Dell 32-bit Diagnostics Utility test and got: Error Code 0F00:1332 Msg: DISK-Block 2321200: Interrupt Request(RQ) did not set in timeAny thoughts? Thank you!

Answer:Has my hard drive failed?

Welcome!Computer Hope is the number one location for free computer help. The forum will help everyone with all computer questions. Wheeler a computer shows possible hardware error, a backup plan needs to be initiated right away.But if you do not have a backup, do this:You can get an external hard drive for a backup of data, such as your documents, music and photos. You can boot your computer from a  CD that has nits own penetrating system. You them mount the failing drive and locate your data and copy it to the external drive.After that, proceed to try and repair the failing drive, if possible. Do the backup first. Unless you don't care. There is no way to guarantee recovery of a fainting drive. Sometimes you can, sometimes you can't.

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My computer just suffered a massive failure. I'm not sure where to start, but I decided to post in the Windows XP section since it failed to boot.

After installing a program, I was promoted to restart. I did so, and Windows froze at the sign-in screen. It says "Windows is starting up" and shows the Windows logo. Normally, that would go away quickly and I would be shown the three different users. Except it never comes up. It just stays saying "Windows is starting up."

Here, the plot thickens. I have an older verison of Ubuntu installed on my PC for any such emergencies. I do a hard shutdown and tell my computer to reboot into Linux. Ubuntu tries to run a consistancy check on my hard drive, and it fails, and Ubuntu fails to boot.

This is where it gets interesting, and the only point that makes me uncertain that this isn't a failed hard drive. I put in the Ubuntu Live CD, to go on the internet and look for help, but that failed to boot. I assumed that Linux Live CD's used RAM, not hard drives, to boot up. So it doesn't seem like it matters.

Both my slave and my master drives are older, the slave is 7 years old, the master is 4 years old. Windows is installed on the master, and Ubuntu is installed on the slave, and I find it unlikely that both failed. Which makes me wonder if its the RAM or or something.

My computer's stats
Intel Pentium 4 (2.6Ghz)
NVIDIA GeForce 5200 128MB
512MB SDRAM
Master Drive, Hitachi 80GB
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Answer:Failed Hard Drive or RAM?

X: http://www.memtest86.com/download.html. Go there and download an ISO image of Memtest86, burn it to a CD and use it to test your memory. Of course, you'll have to do this on another machine that boots
Boot with the disk in your CD drive and it will run. Run for about 7 passes or longer.
If it's not the memory problem, then go to the HDD maker's site and download their Diagnostic tool. It, too, will boot and run a check of your HDD. At least you'll know if those 2 devices are problematic.
Another way is to boot with your XP disk in the drive and go to the Recovery Console.
At the prompt, type chksk /r, press Enter. It will check the HDD. When it finishes and there is no problem, at the prompt, type fixboot, press Enter. Then see if it will boot.
 

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The hard drive on one of my computers (running XP Pro) appears to have failed. By way of background, we've just had an extensive power outage and I made use of a generator. The computer has an APC Back UPS ES 750 back up that should serve as a line conditioner for the dirty generator power output, but I figured out the battery was dead, and I don't know if that bypasses whatever power modification the back up provides.

We'd used the computer the night before to watch a little mindless entertainment, and the next morning it kept re-starting. At first it would get into windows with my wallpaper up and all, but after several tries it rebooted earlier and earlier, ultimately going to a BSOD. The cause was "unmountable boot volume". The machine has the recovery console installed, but it won't load, instead going to the same BSOD.

I removed the drive and put in into my office computer. This resulted in the office machine generating a BSOD as well. It loads just fine without the faulty drive attached, but when I plug it in (with Windows XP running), down it goes.

Still using the office computer, I booted up in safe mode and started the Recovery Console. The bad drive is now drive G, and chkdsk said "the volume appears to contain one or more unrecoverable problems" and using the /r option provides the same response. Running fixmbr G: also brings up the same message.

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Answer:Hard Drive Failed

Hold on, looks like I wasn't using the correct drive letter in the Recovery Console. Using the map command didn't reveal the drive, so I rebooted into the RC with the bad drive attached and I've now found it using map and determined its drive D. chkdsk /p is running right now, and I may be able to self rescue.
 

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I have been some freezing and other glitches with me computer so i ran a start up test. The test failed and it says Hard Disk DST Failed everything else passed.It saysFailure ID: 0GE70X-66L8HA-MFPX1F-60QL03 PRODUCT ID: AAG29AV. could u help me solve this issue please or advise me. Im out of warranty. Thanks 

Answer:Hard drive DST Failed

 DST:Fail= the hard drive has failed/is failing and will need to be replaced. A retail 2.5" laptop SATA hard drive can be used. Western Digital, Segate,Toshiba,etc. Just be sure to get one of at least equal capacity as the original in order to use your Recovery Discs to install Windows and other software/drivers. It can be larger, but not smaller capacity.For instance if you have a 500GB hdd you could use a 750GB hdd but not a 320GB hdd. Your Maintenance Guide shows how to replace hard drive:http://h10032.www1.hp.com/ctg/Manual/c03575298

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We have a Dell XPS One 2720 that was setup at our Rescue Squad and is out of warranty. No problem, I can replace the hard drive but non on created system discs or backups and my look at Dell.com for drivers will not allow me to download the drives ahead of time so I can install them when I install the new drive and install Windows 10. It appears I may be able to order the system discs from Dell that I think will have Windows 8 Pro and hopefully the drivers/programs that would bring the system back to where it was when new.
Is there a way to download just the drivers that won't try to auto install or expand when downloaded? I want them on a USB memory stick ready to install after loading Windows 10. Suggestions welcomed. 
Thanks,
Steve

Answer:Failed Hard Drive

Was the PC already upgraded to Win 10 or did it only have Win 8.1?
Dell no longer provides reinstallation media since it's available from Microsoft.
If the PC had Win 8.1, you can clean install Win 10 by using the ISO file to create your own bootable DVD, and it should recognize the Win 8.1 product key in BIOS and activate itself. If it previously had Win 10, it will activate again.  
You should be able to manually download all the Win 10 drivers here, and save them on a USB stick for transfer to the 2720. You will just have to know what hardware you have (eg video card), but you can find that info using your Service Tag on the Support site by checking the System Configuration link. Just don't add the drivers to a "Download List".
And remember that drivers have to be installed in the correct order, starting with the chipset drivers...

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Hi, my hard drive failed. My question is, when I buy a new one, can I just use the system recovery disc to put all the stuff on it that came with my computer? Or do I have to buy the operating system all over again and stuff?
 

Answer:Hard drive failed

You should be able to use the system recovery disk to restore it to factory settings on the new drive. I have done this with eMachines recovery disks (They use Norton Ghost) and with HP products (didn't come with recovery disks, but had the image on a partition on the drive - you had to make your own from that).

I know with Ghost images you don't even have to worry about partition sizes -it detects the new size and auto increases the partition to utilize the new space. If for some reason the recovery disks you have don't adjust the partition size there are some utilities on this site that can help.

Make sure you have the jumper settings on the new drive the same as the old one.

Good Luck
 

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MY laptop got stuck or haung on hp boot or hp loading when i started it then i tested my hard drive and i got failure id :9TXD40-72N8HK-MFGJWK-60WM03 what dose it  mean and what is the solution for this problemhelp me

Answer:hard drive failed

Hi, The 24 character error code is a failure of the short Disk Self Test ( DST ) and would indicate that the Hard Drive is failing and needs to be replaced.  This is also consistent with the boot issues you describe. If your notebook is still under warranty, contact HP and arrange to have the drive replaced - If needed, you can check your warranty status Here. You can contact HP starting on the link below. http://welcome.hp.com/country/w1/en/contact_us.html If you are out of warranty and would like a guide on replacing the Hard Drive yourself, please let me know. Regards, DP-K

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Is there a way to retrieve everything from a failed hard drive?

Answer:Failed Hard Drive?

PURPLEPOPPY
If the data is important enough, you could hire a data recovery firm.
This will be expensive, but it's probably the best chance to recover the data from the drive.
https://www.300dollardatarecovery.com/?gclid=COvZla73z9UCFQuEaQodTCYLdA
https://www.gillware.com/

Depending on how damaged the hard drive is, first try removing the failed hard drive and use an USB adaptor similar to the following: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812156102
attach the hard drive to a USB port of a working computer and see if you can transfer the files and folders you need, to the computer.

Note: Only data files and folders can be transferred, any applications, utlities and programs, need to be reinstalled from their CD's, or downloaded from the publisher's website, if the Hard drive is too badly damaged, then you would need the services of a Data Recovery Company
Bev.

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After restarting my computer it failed to boot..saying insert boot disc..installed repair consul and tryed to fixboot..this also failed..tryed to reformat..this also failed..tryed using maxblast3.. this also would not work.. took hard drive out of master and made it slave ..installed windows to the new drive and booted from it.. sluggish start up but worked ok..tryed to access slave drive but could'nt..simply can't access this drive..is it us? any thoughts would be appreciated

Answer:Failed hard Drive ?

Maxblast 3 can give you more info on the drives than just formatting them, suggest you run it again and see if it says anything. If Maxblast finds the drive then that suggests to me its ok, if theres a problem in that the drive is dead then it wouldn't find it.

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Okay... I was 99% sure that my hard drive failed. I booted up my computer and it hung at the post...

Detecting IDE drives....

Hung there for ages and the only way I could turn it off was by forcing it to shutdown (holding down the power button).

I tried rebooting several times after that with zero results. Power was on and fans were cranking. It even seemed like the hard drive was spinning. But nothing was coming thru. The monitor stayed in power save mode. My assumption was that the hard disk failed and wasn't providing any "boot up information". So of course I buy a new hard drive.

Now that I think about it though it sounds like I have a different problem. Even with the new hard drive installed I have the same problem... power, fans, hard drive spinning... but nothing.

I've reset the CMOS with no success.

Any suggestions? Please help.

(Running AMD 2200XP+ on Soyo Ultra Dragon KT333 M/B, 512 Mb RAM, GeForce Ti4200 128Mb Vid)
 

Answer:Hard drive failed... I think... ?

One of your ram sticks has probably died. Put the original hd back in and take one ram stick out and see if it boots. If it dosn't, take the other stick out and put tthe first stick back in.
 

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I have a 2010 Acer Aspire AM5910 Desktop computer. It has an Intel Core i5-650 3.2 GHZ processor and 6GB RAM. The operating system is Windows 7.

In late January, the computer wouldn?t boot into windows, and the hard drive crashed. I replaced it with a new hard drive (a Seagate 1TB SATA, 7200 RPM ? same capacity and speed as the previous hard drive, although the previous drive was by a different manufacturer).

I restored the OS and all software/data, and the computer was running fine. The computer speed was fine. Suddenly, after 6 weeks, the computer started slowing down, and then after about two days, it wouldn?t boot into Windows again.

I took the computer to Staples, where I bought the hard drive, and they agreed to test only the hard drive for free (otherwise, their charge would have been $70 to run complete diagnostics). They said that the hard drive failed the linear test.

Seagate replaced the hard drive, as it was still under warranty, but before I re-install it, I wanted to find out if it was likely that it was simply a bad Seagate drive, or if something else is likely (such as overvoltage from the power supply). We have the computer plugged into a Smart UPS that regulates incoming power, but that doesn?t mean that the power supply is not supplying steady DC on the inside.

I don?t want to put much money into a 3.5 year old computer ? it could be nearing the end of its lifespan.

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Answer:2nd Hard Drive Failed - Does anyone know why?

How hot is the room that you use the unit in? How stable is the incoming power from the power company? Desktops are like ovens, no matter how well you cool them. Hard drives tend to fail quicker in them.

You would need to run a Temp monitor on the unit to see how it is running. Either a unit that fits into a DVD slot on the case, or software that checks the temps on the various hardware.

Temperature is a computer killer. Same with Power Supplies can just as easily kill units.

For it being 4 years old, it does not surprise me that it lasted that long. Especially if you play games, keep it on 24/7, etc..

I have seen computers last 10-15 years. Matter of fact, I have a laptop in my basement that is now 15 years old. New Hard drive, new RAM and it runs like new.

I would say that if you are going to keep your existing system, get something to help keep it cool, and if the room is warm, say 72 or higher, get the temp down around 68-69 during the Winter. Summer, try to keep it around 71-72.

Your system is still pretty good by today's standards. Not much has changed in four years, other then a few tweaks in certain CPU & GPU lines.
 

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My out of warranty Pavilion All-in-One Desktop computer took about twenty tries before starting. I ran HP Self test and came up with"Hard Drive long DST Failed"  Failure ID RGD5VO-000840-PXPAXF-61SG03.  i haven't seen this code in any other posts.  This is a Windows 8.1 computer.  I'm wondering if an upgrade to Windows 10 might repair the Hard Drive.  I did defrag the Hard drive which was 12% fragmented.  It didn;t seem to optimize automatically, so I did the defrag manually.  Haven't turned the computer off since. Not sure it will reboot if I do.

Answer:Hard Drive long DST failed

The hard drive fail code means your hard drive has failed or is damaged changing the operating system won't fix this you need to buy a new hard drive and replace it. James

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My notebook wont start and stack at black screen with loading circle in the bottom. Help i tried the diagnostic test and im having failed short dst hard drive. ( i dont even know what is that) i need help!!!

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I bought my daughter a laptop back in July. Since then the hard drive has failed. Returned to HP who duly replaced the hard drive. That was a few months ago and the hard drive has failed yet again. Clearly there's a product issue should HP not replace the laptop? Thanks

Answer:Laptop hard drive has failed twice

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I have brought your issue to the attention of an appropriate team within HP. They will likely request information from you in order to look up your case details or product serial number. Please look for a private message from an identified HP contact. Additionally, keep in mind not to publicly post personal information (serial numbers and case details).

If you are unfamiliar with how the Forum's private message capability works, you can learn about that here.

Thank you for visiting the HP Support Forum.

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Hi all.

Recently one of my hard drives failed , I tried a different SATA port but it did not help. I disconnected it as it was making the system lock up for minutes at a time. About a week later I plugged it in again replugged the power connector and, lo and behold, it works perfectly . I got it about a month ago so it is still on warranty, but it's working now. What should I do? I don't want to have it fail again and this time lose my data for good. Is this likely?

Any advice would be appreciated.
 

Answer:Hard drive failed, now works. What should I do?

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Hello! I tried to start up the system but it failed with an error: 1720-SMART Hard Drive detects imminent failure.Failing Drive: SATA0Failing Attribute: #B8 After the system test it showed Failure ID: 9GDUHL-7QX83T-GXPSMG-60DL03Product ID: J4W69AA#ABL Could you help on forum or we should contact repair service. Thanks!











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Answer:Failed to start Hard Drive 301

Hi, You're welcome. Check Newegg or Amazon for a replacement HDD. Here's what is in your PC now. You have a Hybrid HDD.Size: 1 TB HDDCache: 8 GB SSD for fast accelerationInterface: SATAWidth: 6.4 cm (2.5 in)You can replace with the same or buy a 1 TB SSD. The 1 TB SSD is somewhat pricey but will provide better performance by not being limited to only an 8 GB SSD cache. Stick with a 1 TB size drive or you will have a problem reinstalling the HP factory image.  Win 10 will install on any size SSD. So you can buy a 500 GB SSD or even a 250 GB SSD. You just won't be able to install the HP factory OS on those drives. Jay  

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Notebook running very slow, barely ever used, so took it for a check and have been told the hard drive has failed. They want to replace A 2TB drive with a 500GB drive because they say it is more stable?  Doesn't sound right to me....... 













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Agreed. They are just trying to get you to take what they happen to have in stock. Run don't walk to another technician. 

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I have a home computer that had the hard drive fail. It was bought 3 years ago from a large box retailer with no windows xp install disks. It has the windows product key code on the computer itself. My question is there anyway to get a copy of windows xp to work on the new hard drive I will install? Or will I have to buy a new copy on Win xp? I do have other computers with Win XP on them, though the others are Dells and I think they just have reinstall discs? Any help would be great. Thanks,bhenry

Answer:Windows XP and Failed Hard Drive

You will be able to use any Official MS XP disk to reinstall as the activation is tied to the product ID on your machine.You need to make sure it is the same version i.e. XP Pro with SP2 or XP Home with SP2.Activation by phone with MS you can ask them about getting a replacement CD although it may cost you $ $

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My second hard drive just failed!!

It's a Western Digital Green 1Gb SATA; I've been using it as a second hdd for storage, for about 1.5 years.

I can't see it with Explorer.

Error messages:
"E: is not accessible. Data error (cyclic redundancy error)"
and
"You need to format the disk before you can use it"

This happened suddenly, today, out of the blue.

When I go to Disk Management, after a long time it says that the drive is RAW and healthy!

I ran a test with SeaTools after rebooting and it shows that "test failed" and some codes.

Here are the images:
http://box.c.yimg.jp/res/box-s-m5p4...a5f2-22096f1f558a&etag=127004bd13639665552443

http://box.c.yimg.jp/res/box-s-m5p4...9869-e9eae2aafc2e&etag=c29ce28113639665568395

http://box.c.yimg.jp/res/box-s-m5p4...41-2c13f117e2c6&etag=eea839131363966558102131

The hdd gave little signs of problems before (like cyclic redundancy error), so at that time I ran check disk at boot, but it never happened to fail..

Please help, what can I do?
 

Answer:Hard drive failed, crashed!

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I have a PC that recently started giving me some kernel errors and is not able to boot any longer (gets stuck at the boot in Safe Mode or Last Known Good Configuration screen). I have tried various methods to repair the Windows installation without any success. I am now focused on retrieving the data from the drive. So far this has proven to be difficult. I removed the drive and put it in a powered external enclosure and tried to read the drive from 3 different PCs. I cannot get the drive to come up on the My Computer screen. It is recognized as a new device in the task bar though . This drive was supposed to be in a RAID 1 array with a drive exactly like it. But as I have discovered as part of my work to retrieve data I did something wrong in the setup and it was not mirroring (second drive appears to be blank) . I tried one data recovery software tool and the drive is not being seen as a logical drive but does show as a physical drive, so I cannot get the software to get the data off. I would love to hear any other suggestions about how I can get this drive to be recognized so I can save a bunch of music and movies

Here are some specifics to the PC I am dealing with:

Motherboard - MB DFI RS482 INFINITY XPRESS200 939 - Retail
http://www.dfi.com.tw/Product/xx_pr...RODUCT_ID=4497&CATEGORY_TYPE=INFINITY&SITE=NA
OS - Windows XP
Hard Drive - WD 500GB (don't have model number handy, but it is SATA and about 2 yrs old)

Thanks
 

Answer:Please Help Me Read My Failed Hard Drive

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Need direction on what I should do or go as, I still some warranty days left.Thinkvantage toolbox says backup data and replace drive.So far I have used restore ,with no luck an checkdisc did nothing. So, based on those 2 things ,whom do I call or give me directions on where to sent T510 laptop 32 bit ultimate.

Answer:Hard drive failed test

http://support.lenovo.com/en_US/detail.page?DocID=HT036550
 
Here's your support phone number.
 
Dave
 
 

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tried to turn on computer yesterday & received Error 2100 HDDO hard disk drive initialization error...  Is it worth it to try to replace hard drive or do I move on to new thinkpad?  Can data on hard drive be recovered?

Answer:R61 hard drive failed after 3 years

Welcome to the forum!For $50 or less you can buy a brand new hard drive with warranty...well worth it in my book.Data from the HDD can be recovered in most cases, but that's likely to cost you a pretty penny if done profesionally...Try booting from a "live" Linux CD and check whether you can "see" the files on the hard drive.Good luck.

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I have a failed hard drive. At boot time BIOS says Slave Hard Drive Error and then the drive does not show up in the Computer Manager. Is there any way to mount it (either in Linux or whatever) and run chkdsk or at least copy files?

I am running Windows XP Pro.
 

Answer:Anyway to mount a failed hard drive

Unless the bios IDs the drive, you are wasting your time attempting to run any type of diagnostic app.

Reseat the data and power cables for the drive. Power on and see if the bios recognizes the drive.

Have you tried a new cable and or different power connector?
 

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