I have been trying to reformat my laptop but have been unable to get some drivers to install. I have a dell and am running vista. I began running tests from diagnostics and everything passes until it gets to the SATA Disk. They all fail. Tell me I can recover this and I don't have to replace my harddrive. If I can recover this how. Please advise.
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Sorry to be the bearer of bad news and please don't give me a bad rating for this but unfortunately you do need to replace the hard drive. Chances of you recovering the data depends on what is failing in the hard drive. You can hook it up as a data drive once you get the replacement drive up and operational and see if you can extract your data off of it.
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- Reformat the drive and install Windows 7.
- go to this site - http://support.dell.com/support/downloads/index.aspx?s=dhs&cs=19
- Enter the Service tag which is printed bottom of your laptop, then it will redirect to the correct driver page
- select the operating system.
- Install major drivers first (Video,Chipset then Audio, Webcam etc)
this should work fine - Dont get panic... you can do that.
some laptops have special kind of driver for specific models. try going to support.dell.com and look for the model and video driver for it. download it and install it in your computer. but make sure you install the chipset driver first before doing so.
Hibernate issues are generally an issue with the Video driver. Try the following:
Update to the latest list of drivers from support.dell.com
see if the issue is resolved.
If not, then try editing the startup group of MSCONFIG and see if an item running at startup is causing the issue. (Start, RUN, MSCONFIG, OK to open MSCONFIG)
Hi there. I'm sorry to say that error code 1000-0146 means that the hard drive is failing and it can go at anytime, get yourself a USB mouse and start the computer up, the operating system should recognize the mouse and install the drivers (it may take a couple of minutes so be patient), as soon as the mouse is installed it is imperative that you back up all of your data, either to an external drive or CD/DVD. Then you have to purchase another dive of if you have any warranty on the laptop send it in for Dell to repair. If you are out of warranty and need instruction on how to install a new drive please feel free to post back.
What do you mean by "reloading Windows"? Did you repair it? Maybe did reinstallation? If so, you may need to install drivers for your Ethernet adapter. You will need to specify Ethernet adapter manufacturer and model (if it is onboard adapter, then motherboard manufacturer and model), so I can provide you with the download link, in case you don't have the drivers. --- Your responses are intended to improve the level of service provided. Please rate your experience.
Reformatting drives cleans up your disc. Or shall we say when done reformatting, you started from scratch. That is if you install a fresh copy of Windows. Now, doing that, you should reinstall all the drivers needed for your laptop to have the functions working again. Your screen resolution matter, it can be 1280x800 again if you install the graphics driver of your laptop. To avoid this kind of problem again, you should install updated full version of antivirus.
This can be caused by a bad memory chip, but most of the time the hard drive has failed or bad sector that it's unable to read from. If your machine has a diagnostic or hard drive test in the bios, run it. Some also have a memory test that you can run. If yours does have these and any part of the hard drive or memory test fails, the there's your problem. If you don't have these, the start by removing the memory and trying them one at a time. If this doesn't work, then reformat the hard drive and reinstall the operating system. If you have any problems during or after the format and reload, then the hard drive has failed and will need replaced.