Question about Acer Aspire 5100 Notebook
I think the hard disk is failing, but I can't figure out how to transfer my files before it fails completely because the keyboard and mouse are not functional. Any ideas?
Your local electronics store has a USB keyboard and mouse port dongle. Or if you have a USB keyboard or mouse. Once you get functionality, choose Start>Run and type in "CMD" without quotes and hit enter. You will get a black box with a command line, enter:
Windows will inform your the disk is in use and cannot perform, you choose yes and it will do so upon the next restart. Restart the machine and let it run the disk check utility. Place your ear on the palmrests (usually where hard drive is located inside bottom half of laptop). Listen for sudden hard clicks, similar to huccups. When it makes those noises the hard drive light usually stays solid, afterwards the hard drive will repeat the same "bad sector check" sound. Finally, if you notice the process taking more than a few hours, your disk is in trouble. Recover the data using an external drive bay (also at electronics store) and place the drive inside the bay and recoverit to another computer. Order a new hard drive, intall, and re transfer your files by any media or network.
Posted on Jan 06, 2008
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