My Daughters Comaq Note Book (4/5 years old) wouldn't start up and she took it to a friend who knows quite a lot about pc's and told her the hard drive is corrupt and everything will be lost if he tried to transfer it to his pc. She has lots of Family photos on it which she hasn't backed up.
Is there any chance of retrieving the photos?
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Re: Hard drive problems.
You,ve got a couple Of options Here.
1: you can replace the hard drive with a replacement, install windows. Then add the corrupt drive, and attempt to access it That Way.
2: You Could attempt To Repair, the Hard-Drive With A Tools-Disk. Containing partition Managers Et,c.
3: you could try starting your computer, with Windows Operating System Or Restore Disk In Drive D:/ Or CD/DVD Drive, In The hope That Windows will re-install, overwriting any corrupt Or deleted Files, And restore your Drive To It,s Original state.
4: you Could send your Hard-drive To Me, Where I can attempt Data Recovery For You.
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With so many bad sectors preventing a format, I would recommend the purchase of a new hard drive. You will most likely need to buy an IDE 2.5" hard drive for your laptop. However, you should double check the manual to see if it uses IDE or SATA. You can get whatever size hard drive you want for it.
I wouldn't recommend any manufacturer over the others, they're all quite similar, almost some people have their own personal preferences. Just look for the correct drive type, space you want, at the price you want. Don't focus too much on the manufacture.
The new drive can be formatted with a recovery CD, however it would be easier to format with the Windows CD when you reinstall the operating system.
1.Log into router 2. Verify wireless router name( on the computer) >>> ( on/off) 3.Note router name you are connecting to. 4.. Check the laptop do ipconfig /all to see current IP addresses. 5. Set the laptop up in the router by WEP KEY or MAC address. 6.Note router name you are connecting to. 7. Move the laptop about 20ft away and try to log on to the internet. This is for all routers to set up wirelessly.
If both these steps don't resolve the problem, it may be the power supply thats failing. This is a common problem with the essential edition and the elements edition. They will send you a replacement PSU free of charge if you call and explain the problem.
Normally drivers are not needed for external drives like this as windows identifies it quite well.
I devised these simple steps that tend to remedy quite a few issues with most USB portable / external hard drives and devices (though not always)
A few things to check but assumes USB and Windows for other interfaces / operating systems (mac/ Linux) similar steps may be adapted to suit.
1. Ensure it is connected directly to the computer to a USB 2.0 port not a USB 1.0 port as this can have effects on performance and reliability
2. Use only the cables that came with it NOT one that fits that may have been lying around or is longer. Not all USB cables are equal even though they should be)
3. Do not connect through an external USB HUB unless that hub is USB 2.0 AND has its own power supply.
4. Use ONLY the power supply that came with it if it has an external power supply Don’t use any other unless you know it has both the same voltage and current rating e.g. 12V 500mA anything rated below that would not work properly.
5. Always use the same port for connecting your devices. Some devices do not like being switched about. If switched they may want to install software / drivers again. This can be especially true if you move a HUB to another port
If you checked and fixed anything there and still have issues then check your hardware from CONTROL PANEL / SYSTEM / HARDWARE. Any exclamation marks by hardware need fixing before you investigate any further
USB flash drives can fail for no apparent reason. Sandisk Cruzers are especially bad for this.
USB hard drives should be treated with extreme care. This is a real hard drive ! and knocks and bumps can quite literally kill them.
It is possible to remove drives from the enclosures in most cases and connect directly inside a PC to fully check it.
Note that if you hear a drive clicking or pinging this could be the worst thing you would hear. Known as "The Click Of Death"
You need to first narrow down the problem to either your PC or the external hard drive. Do you have access to any other PCs you could try connecting your hard drive to? (think friends, family, public PCs, etc)
If the hard drive works on other PCs, we know it isn't a problem with the hard drive.
If it turns out that the hard drive is fine and the PC is the problem, I would suggest going in to Device Manager and uninstalling everything USB related. Once you have done this, either reboot your PC or right-click inside device manager and "scan for new hardware". All of your USB related devices should reload their drivers automatically. You may want to try this both with and without the usb drive connected.