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Hey there! I am having trouble with my mom's Toshiba Satellite laptop, that I have already mentioned the model of in the title. I was doing normal computer maintenance (she was busy with something), defragging, deleting stuff she didn't want that COULD be removed safely, etc. When I went to run chkdsk, it tells me that I need to reboot to do the disk check, so I click ok and restart. One long disk check and a startup sequence later, windows comes charging in with a harddrive error! I am not sure why her harddrive would be failing, especially since she takes care of her laptop just as much as me! I even checked the harddrive physically, as well as re-mounting it once. So I go to start it up again, and it is still whining. I have had trouble like this with other computers before, where the harddrive thinks it's failing when it isn't, but have not tested this on another computer because I don't think my older laptop (windows xp, 7 years old and much faster) could do it. I would like to know if this is a common glitch, or if my harddrive is actually failing, because I have no money for Windows 7, let alone a 320gb harddrive! If this is a glitch, can you help me find a way to resolve it? Thanks!
Get a hard drive utility (Something like this) They'll talk to the hard drive and read out it's internal report, as well as testing it more thoroughly than Windows will do. They do sometimes fail for no apparent reason regardless of how well they've been looked after.
Posted on Apr 24, 2013
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
I found it!!!>>>
Just go to Toshiba support web site Download the Storage Manager Driver for XP 32 then have an External floppy drive with formatted Disk ,install the drivers Files in the floppy connect the floppy drive put the XP sys CD Boot from the CD as in Solution #1 or by press on F12 tell choices boot screen popup select the CD then after that when the third party appear press F6 to chose the Driver for HDD to get recognized by the system. J
Posted on Apr 14, 2008
get yourself a 2.5 hard drive box (no hard drive in it) costs less than a tenner on ebay. Remove hard drive from current laptop, put it in box, connect to another laptop via usb provided and you will be able to read from it like it's a flash drive or cd. Then just copy files you need to other laptop or CD. No damage done to original hard drive. Put your hard drive back into laptop.
This part, am just taking a guess at but then see if you can do a system restore to a date previous to problems ie when you updated in case it was the update that caused the problem. If you had XP disk and ID number you could try a repair or a reinstall but that is pretty drastic. No way should you need a new computer
Let me know how you get on. IF you don't know what I mean by the HD box, just shout and I will be more specific
Posted on Oct 23, 2008
have you tried pressing F8 when it starts booting (keep pressing it before dell bios screen fully loads)
you should get a black screen with options,
scroll up to with arrow keys>> "last known good configeration"
let me know if that works?
also have you installed any programs or hardware befor this happened?
Posted on Apr 13, 2009
Errr...sounds like fun.
OK well I would stop trying to get Windows back in working condition until after you backup your files.
The easiest way is to remove the hard drive from the system and place it into a usb enclosure.
Backup the files and then reinstall windows.
If you try the band-aid method you'll just end up wasting your time.
Hope this helps.
Posted on Jun 13, 2009
Go here and download the driver utility for your webcam.
Posted on May 02, 2010
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