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1720-Hard Drive detects imminent failure - Compaq Presario 5240

My daughter borrowed my old PC which I have kept in absolutely excellent condition since 1999 when it was new. The OS was Window 98. Without my knowledge, she installed Windows XP in my Presario so she could subscribe and use Time Warner Internet.

She said it worked for about 2 weeks, now it is back in my posession, with the above subject hard drive error.

Is there anything I can do to fix it? I have tried Safe Mode and asking the system to go back to an earlier time when it did work.......it tried very hard to correct itseldf, but always comes back to the COMPAQ screen with the error message. I also tried the Restore disk, but it does not appear to read it.

Can you advise anything? Do you think a technician can fix it back to Windows 98? This is where I want it so I can run my old games (King's Quest, Sierra Home Architect, and many more). Thank you in advance for any assistance you can provide.
Linda

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  • kerap5 Dec 11, 2008

    The year this systme was built was 1999. It was seldom used, so that is why it remained in excellent condition. I will look into buying a new hard drive. Thank you all for your advice.

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Try the old recovery cd which came with the computer that will put back your old operating system and that should take care of the issue.

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Your system needs replaced and has had a decent life!

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1st let me say the hard drive has lasted far beyond it's average life span, spinning around at 7,000 RPM and the data arm going to and fro like a wild man, the system is waring that the drive has a mechanical fault and it is about to fail, most likely the speed is varying to much, these drives are very cheap and avail everywhere, in addition they are really easy to install, of course you must re-install the operating system.

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Hey, if the harddrive is detected bad, the hard drive needs to be replaced, for example 20GB hard drive from www.ebay.com wont cost much, it will be a very cheap repair todo and then just install windows again.

Posted on Dec 01, 2008

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