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Harddrive working slow

Hello, Had an accident with the notebook and someone slammed the screen into the computer itself (like you normally do when shutting it down, but in a rough way to say). Since then the harddrive has been working very slow and sometimes it stops and just "loads" making strange noises as if having problems in finding something. I am more familiar with stationary computers so I haven't dared opening it yet to see if there is something physical that could be wrong. Anyone has any clue or experienced this problem?

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Re: Harddrive working slow

The strange, clicking noise is the sound of your hard drives read/write heads going to the home position, then going go a spot on the hard drive to read data, fails to read and then repeats the process again. The drive will continue this process until it successfully reads the data it needs or gives up. If succeeds eventually users will notice the odd noise and a decrease in computer performance, typically when reading or writing data to the hard drive. When it fails users typically get a *blue screen of death* or some type of hard drive read or write error. Can it be fixed? In this case perhaps but the first thing you need to do is immediately backup any data, Internet Explorer favorites, passwords, software activation keys or anything else of value stored on your hard drive. There is a very real possibility that the drive could fail altogether at some point so the sooner the better. How do you repair: As you have guessed the hard drive was physically damaged while the laptop was slammed shut. What probably happened was the read/write heads were slammed into the hard drive disks where the data is actually stored. More than likely there is -Click on Start, then Run. -In the Open field enter ?chkdsk /f /r? and click the OK button. -You will be prompted by and error that chkdsk cannot run but will ask if you want to schedule it to run the next time the system restarts. Enter ?Y? . -Restart your computer, -Chkdsk should run after your system reboots. It will check the integrity of your hard drive and ?repair? any spots on your hard drive it can?t read. Actually what it does is move the data in the spots it can?t read and then marks the spot so that Windows does not use them in the future. The process should take a couple of hours, depending on how much information is stored on it. If you?re lucky this will give your hard drive a new lease on life. Keep an eye on your hard drive as time goes on, its possible that the hard drive could develop more issues as time goes on. If you see little improvement then your read/write heads may have been damaged as well and you?re best off replacing your hard drive. If you go this route let us know since you can use a generic laptop hard drive rather than purchase an overpriced Dell replacement. If you have any other questions let us know and please don?t forget to rate this posting.

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Re: Harddrive working slow

Sounds to me as if the hard drive got physically damaged. If you haven't done so yet, back up your data right away. Go to and see if the hard drive is something you can replace - I would strongly suggest that if you are going to replace it yourself, you get a replacement from Dell. But I suspect you will have to take it to a shop for repair.

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The reason your monitor is in screensaver mode, (Read your other problem too), is there is no video signal coming to it.

No Signal

This is because the Netbook isn't sending one.

It isn't sending one because apparently you have graphics problems. Problems with graphics hardware.

So no, there is no Sync, or settings to change on the monitor.

(It is Not a video/graphics card. Your laptop uses Integrated Graphics. Intel HD 3000 Graphics )

However the point is moot now. Netbook is being sent in.

Point now is getting the info off the Harddrive, before some geek looses it.
(I'm a computer geek too, so that was no slam)

Remove the Harddrive. Then install it in an external enclosure.

You've seen an external enclosure, if you have seen an external harddrive.
You can buy just that 'outside case', too.

The external enclosure has a USB cable going to it.
The USB cable goes inside the enclosure, and connects to a small circuit board, with an interface on it.

The harddrive plugs into the interface.

The external enclosure comes apart VERY easily. Manufacturers make it easy to open the external enclosure, and install the Harddrive.

Usually a 2 piece case. One screw to open. Remove cover, plug Harddrive in, replace cover.
Plug USB cable into a USB port, on a working computer.

This is one example that will work with your Harddrive,

[Harddrives are measured across their width.
A laptop harddrive is 2.5 inches across in Width. 2-1/2 inches.
A desktop harddrive is 3.5 inches across in Width.

Three technology styles of Harddrive, are presently being used;
1) IDE (PATA),

2) SATA,

These two types of Harddrives use mechanical parts. For example a Spindle, Spindle Motor, and Platters,

3) SSD,

No mechanical parts. Just electronic components. (Solid State)

Your laptop uses a 2.5 SATA harddrive ]

Going on..................

I haven't had any direct dealings with this laptop. Or the Aspire V5-171 version.
I see no Service Manual listed.

Searching the internet for Harddrive replacement info though, I ran into that there is a large panel on the Bottom of the Netbook; which has a single Philips head screw in the middle.

Remove the screw, remove the large panel.
This is supposed to be in the User's Guide, but cannot seem to download it right now to see.

It will be in replace the Memory. Ram Memory.

The Harddrive should sit in a compartment area all it's own.
The Harddrive itself will be in a sheet metal Caddy. Harddrive Caddy.
Remove a screw, or screws; to remove Harddrive, and Harddrive Caddy.

Once screw/s are removed, L@@K at the Harddrive.
There should be a piece of 'silk strap', to pull on.

Keeping Harddrive flat, and down in Netbook, pull on the strap; and pull the Harddrive across towards the OUTSIDE of the Netbook.

You are unplugging it.

You DO NOT want to lift straight up on the strap, as you will bend contact pins.
Once the Harddrive is slid over, then lift at an angle; and remove.
Lift up on the Back of the Harddrive.
This is the opposite side of the one that plugs in.

Open the external enclosure case, slide the harddrive in; then close the external enclosure case. (Referring to Tigerdirect example. Other external enclosures will be different)

Plug the USB cable into any working computer's open USB port.
Look in My Computer/Computer. (WinXP/WinVista - Win 7)
The external harddrive will be shown.
DOUBLE-click on the drive letter it is next to.

Have problems with that post back in a Comment.

Your Netbook, is supposed to be just an ACER Aspire V5-171 series of Notebook PC; with a Chrome logo on it.

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