I have a Gateway MT6728 that recently had the hard drive replaced by the Geek Squad. Was working fine until it froze today. Cntrl Alt Delte did nothing, so I shut down. When I power up all I get is a blank screen and the pointer. Any suggestions?
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IT IS VERY SIMPLE TO DO. IF YOU CAN TURN A SCREWDRIVER AND READ YOU CAN REPLACE A HARD DRIVE. ANYONE CAN, MY GRANDMOTHER CAN. JUST WATCH IN VIDEOS. I WOULD SUGGEST THAT IF YOU WANT SOMEONE TO DO IT FOR YOU USE A WELL KNOWN LOCAL COMPUTER SHOP THAT HAS BEEN AROUND FOR YEARS. SOMEONE YOU CAN TRUST NOT TO RIP YOU OFF. FRANKLY I FIND GEEK SQUAD HAS A VERY POOR REPUTATION, OR AT LEAST I GET ALOT OF COMPLAINTS ABOUT THEM. CALL AROUND YOUR LOCAL COMPUTER SHOPS. KEEP THE BUSINESS LOCAL. GOOD LUCK.
I'm not an expert but I have had plenty of experiance with computer problems. When my Gateway had the same problem I took it to the Geek Squad (Best Buy). They called it the blue screen of death L.O.L! They said that it means the hard drive blew. I had a warrenty, but if I wouldn't have I was qouted a price of $159.99 to put in the new drive, plus extra charges to reprogram it if I didn't already have a back-up disc. I hope I'm wrong. Goodluck!
If you do not want to repair the laptop, you can remove the hard drive from the laptop and put the hard drive in an USB hard drive adapter case and use it as an external USB hard drive. To free up disk space on this hard drive, just delete the Windows folder and programs off this hard drive and just leave your data files.
2TB hard drive is the largest one you can put into that laptop. You can buy them from compusa and they are less then $200. Make sure you get a SATA hard drive. It will fit in and then the BIOS will recognize it and you can install windows on it and have plenty of space for movies and such.
I dont think we can use a hard disk of 160gb in an inspiron 6000. and make sure you bought a ATA hard drive and not a SATA drive.
For the Western digital try to reinstall XP and install the device drivers before installing application s/w.