I've had the v2000 for a little more than a year and it's offically dead and i don't really mind, i've got a great working pc now. i've looked everywhere and it appears the easiest way to get all my crap off the laptop is to take out the hard drive and put it in a enclosure.. thing.. (i have no idea it's just what i've been reading) but i have no idea what kind i need for this specific hard drive and i can't find it anywhere, can anyone help me out here?
I have the perfect solution for your hard drive. We have two Bytecc USB 2.5 enclosures that we use in our shop. I've had mine for almost three years and the other is going on one year old. We have put these things through pure heck. They get stuffed in our gear bags, notebook cases, back pockets, etc. We are not rough with them, but we are not nice to them either.
You can get them from Newegg.com. One will run you about $20.oo dollars. It comes with a carry case and USB cable. The cable has two USB ends on it. One end lets your computer see it and add it as an external hard drive and the other provides extra power to the unit. I have sold apx. 45 of these to our customers and have not had a bad unit yet. If you buy one, I can create a video for you on the hard drive installation process.
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If it's almost full and you've been moving stuff to an external, sounds like you really need a bigger hard drive.
You've only got three options: 1) Buy a bigger hard drive 2) Move stuff to the external then delete it off the laptop 3) Delete things off the laptop such as programs you don't use and files . Make sure you empty your recycle bin, it can hold a lot of junk
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Unfortunately, I would either have to be in the chat mode or on the telephone with you to fully analyze your problem and provide a coherent answer. But don't despair because there is a little FREE program that may solve your problem.
It happens periodically that our computer shuts down, restarts, hibernates or some other weird thing when we really don't want it to. I'm going to pass on to you a FREE and hard to believe program from Microsoft! I have no idea why this little program hasn't been advertised but then I don't own their stock.
What file was it?. Probably a virus or one of those "suspicious" freebies... Well it seem that your file just changed or damaged something in your operative system. You can use your laptop's recovery utility but you are risking to loose your personal information. In the other hand, there's another (but longer) way to try to get things back to normal. Bear with me: If you are willing to do this, remove the laptop's hard drive (make sure there's no battery in the laptop neither a power adapter connected), mount it on another computer (via external enclosure [keep in mind your hard drive is SATA Interface] or via internal hard drive bay on a desktop) and scan it with antivirus/spyware/malware software. Then run a check disk on it.
Sad to say but this would be the only way around if you don't have a recovery disk.
WHAT TYPE OF HARD DRIVE DO YOU HAVE, IF YOU DO NOT KNOW, UNPLUG LABTOP REMOVE BATTARY, LOOK FOR THE DISC SHAPE ON A COVER 2-3 PHILLIPHS SCREWS REMOVE THE SCREWS, SCREW WILL STAY ACCACHED TO THE CLASTIC COVER, IF YOU STILL CANNOT SEE A NAME SHOULD BE A TAB OF SOME COLOR PULL JENTLY AND THE DRIVE WILL COME OUT THAN TURN OVER DRIVE AND YOU FIND NAMES NUMBERS AND LOTS OF GOOD INFORMATION FOR ME AND YOU TO KEEP RECORDS OF YOUR HARD DRIVE TYPE OF DRIVE DO YOU HAVE...
GO TO ADDRESS BAR AND TYPE IN
SMART FAILURE HAR DDRIVE
AND YOU GET ALL THE INGO YOU NEED ON THE SUBJECT.
IT CAN BE HARD DRIVE, THE BOIS ON THE MOTHER BOARD, THE SOFTWARE PROGRAM THAT WROTE ALL THE INFORMATION TO HARD DRIVE.
Buy another hard drive.
Buy an external hard drive enclosure.
Replace the current bad hard drive with the new hard drive
Use your restore CD to reinstall your OS.
Put the bad hard drive in the external hard drive enclosure and acces it after your have installed the new OS.
Hopefully the MBR on your old drive is bad but you can access the data. It may also be that the hard drive is dead and you would have to send it to a data recovery service to recover it.
DST stands for Drive Self Test, it means your drive is failing.
I would get a new hard drive and USB enclosure, install new drive in laptop and install windows, then take the old drive and install it in the USB enclosure so you can connect to your laptop when windows is running and restore your files, assuming the drive is not completely dead.
Okay, great, great question, thank you for the detail, good grammar, and certainly honesty as I can help you much more.
The overheating is probably being caused by accumulated dust on the heatsink where the fan is and needs to be cleaned off to prevent it from overheating (sticking a can of airspray in there should do the trick).
As far as not powering on, that is definitely a motherboard issue and may be related to the overheating problem. Doubtless, however, you will need to get a new motherboard. I suggest either www.preowned.com or ebay as they both have great prices for new motherboards.
As far as recovering the data off the hard drive goes, the hard drive should be fairly easy to remove. They make a hard drive caddy that will convert it to two USB cables that you can hook up to any other computer as you would a removable flash drive and recover the files appropriately from there.