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Hard Disc Drive Troubleshooting and Repair

Troubleshooting Hard Disc Drives (HDD)

Hard drives don't last forever and they commonly fail.

Indications that your HDD maybe be failing or has failed

- S.M.A.R.T. error
-Error on computer start up saying no boot device has been found
-Any other windows error that states in the error it is HDD related

Now if your HDD hasn't totally failed and you can boot into windows the first thing you want to do is backup all your important files to some form of storage that is not on the affect HDD

Their is still some hope the problem can be fixed many times in one or two ways

1. windows built in disk repair tool chkdsk
-open a command prompt by typing cmd into a run window the shortcut to open a run window is windows key + r

in the command prompt type chkdsk /r this will scan your hdd for any errors and attempt to fix them

2. The second way to try and repair the drive is by using tools provided by the HDD manufacturer to be able to do this you need to:

determine the maker of your HDD by opening your computer and looking at the label on the disk

find the hdd diagnostic utilities on the drive manufacturers website you will have to do this on a working computer then burn it to a cd

then boot the affected computer off the cd you burned and running the provided diagnostic utility

If neither of these works I hope you were at least able to save the important data off the affected computer, and in the future keep backups.
In this case you will have to buy a new HDD and reinstall the operating system, drivers, programs

hoped this helped

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