Question about HP Pavilion dv4000 Notebook
I am trying to fix my son's HP Pavilon DV4000. It has been running EXTRA slow, and he asked me to look it over. 1st prob was he had FILLED the 99.x G HD. I off-loaded a bunch of movies and cartoons, but it hasn't improved (after several defrags of various levels). I d/l some diags, including HDTune and UBCD (4.1.1). HDTune turns up lots of bad sectors, and the SD diags on UBCD won't complete - they stop at 99 errors. OK, HD is probably shot. I can look up specs, but I don't know which are critical for the system. I know it's an ATA (serial?) and it's a 4800 rpm 99 G 2.5" device. What are the main elements I have to match? I know size (2.5"). Is speed an issue, and are ATA / SATA / Utra ATA interchangable?
Whew. Lots to throw at you... thanks for your help.
Uh oh... last quex: There is a recovery partition w/ his OS on the laptop. Is there a way to "recover" the RP so that we don't have to source a new OS (heaven forbid Vista!). I plan on adding Ubuntu to it ALSO, but it'll take him a while to warm to it.
Ok i guess you are using windows xp , im a vista user now and i am forgetting xp day by day lol , there is a way to do a sector check , but heavens forbid i forget , a naughty trick , shut the laptop down by holding down the power button down while xp is on, it will switch of the computer , when u start back up it will do a disk read check , and identify bad sectors , and ignore them, this is a long shot and i probably shouldn't reccomend this method lol but it can work , other choice is , buy a new hard drive , and clone it, if u have a pirate xp version the disk check may not even come up, i assume u dont have the xp disk ? if u do you can repair and reinstall with out losing files, but u need to put the files in a new folder in C:/ drive
Posted on Nov 21, 2007
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