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Ok, this is my problem. My friends comp took a dump. A friend told her that it was definatelythe hard drive. I thought ok, lets find out how to replace it. But than was told by someone that it may be the a ram chip that's bad & to (think she has 4 chps?) And to rearrage them & or take them all out & try cking comp 1 by 1 to find the bad ram chip. Don't know if that makes sense to me but am willing to try that later today. Did try to reinstall Windows Xp & it just won't take it. That's the point where my friend told me that the Hard Drive was shot. NOt an expert in any way on computer, but want to help as $$ is tight. Can anyone here help me??

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There is a way of testing harddrives and RAM using the manufacturers diagnostic tools, you would have to go to the harddrive manufacturers website and download the utility then burn it to a CD.
You can also download a whole bunch of diagnostic tools and burn it to a CD using whats known as "The Ultimate Boot CD". There is plenty of help and instructions on the UBCD web site:
http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/
You will need a computer that has a CD burner installed and the ability to make a bootable CD, you will also have to change the setup of your friends computer so that it boots from the CD first and not the harddrive, by carrying out the diagnostic tests hopefully you can identify the faulty part easier and avoid buying something you don't need.

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