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  • Kevin Flannagan
    Kevin Flannagan May 11, 2010

    What do you mean by the hard drive is bad?

  • john wasson
    john wasson May 11, 2010

    what do you mean bad? what is it doing? tell me in detail what is happening.

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Try formatting and installing a new operating system

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