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After reformatting drive D; the other drives can't be read anymore...

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Other drives most likely keyed off the drive was striped or raid con fig of some kind the data on the drives are lost as well if this is the case you can reformat them all and then load windows on the c drive typically the d drive is another cd rom or optical drive of some kind so I must assume you had mult Hard drives

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Reformat my computer to windows 7


ATTENTION!
Reformatting a computer will reset it to the factor image, all data must be backed up or it WILL be lost. There are several reasons to reformat a hard drive. A few reasons include but are not limited to: driver issues, virus, cleaning up, getting rid of the computer, etc.

RECOVERY DISKS!
Every new windows 7 owner should know that the new computers are not supplied with recovery disks anymore. The manufacturer allows the user to create one set of disks upon the purchase of a new machine. It is important to create the disks early as driver issues and viruses may arise. In order to create recovery disks on windows 7 you want to click on the start menu. Next, type in recovery in the Start Search option area. Next, click on recovery disk creation and follow the process. It will require that you have about 3 dvds or about 7 cds to create the recovery disk.

REFORMATING HARD DRIVE!
Once the recovery disks have been made reformatting windows 7 is quite simple. Insert the recovery disks into the cd/dvd tray on the machine. You are now going to want to turn the computer off. When the computer has turned off, go ahead and turn it back on. A screen should pop up asking you whether you want to boot from Hard Drive or Disk. Choose the disk option. After you make it this far it is a downhill process. Next you follow the on-screen instruction make sure you reformat the machine, not recover it.

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Reasons why Hard Drives fail.


A hard drive's file system may become corrupted or damaged due to a virus or software malfunction, but this is not a true drive failure because in most cases you can reformat the drive and reinstall the operating system and everything is back to normal. Hard drives fail due to a malfunction in their mechanical or electrical components.

The following picture illustrates the major components inside a hard drive:

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The following is a list of the most common mechanical failures that can happen.

1. The spindle motor can malfunction. The spindle motor works much the same way that cd-rom or dvd player spindle motor works and is located in the middle of the hard drive platters. In a hard drives case, it's job is to spin the platters.

2. The read/write heads malfunction or the actuator arm malfunctions and prevents the read/write heads from reading the data stored on the hard discs (the platters). The picture below shows a closer view of the platters, actuator arm, and read/write head.

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3. The hard discs themselves can become damaged by rough handling (dropped) or can in some cases become scratched by the read/write heads if they touch the disc.

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4. On the back side of the hard drive case you will see where the cable and power supply plugs in and you will also see where the jumpers are. These contain small pins and can easily be bent or broken.

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5. Another problem that can occur is the cables and ribbons themselves become loose and do not make a proper connection or the cable themselves can become damaged. The power cable can also become damaged or malfunction.

Picture of an IDE cable.

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Picture of a SATA cable.

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Hard drives can also fail due to malfunctioning or damaged electronics on their circuit board.

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The most common electrical components to malfunction are Transistors, Capacitors, and Resistors. Power surges are the common cause of these small components to fail, so remember to make sure you are using a good surge protector or a UPS system for your entire computer system. A good policy is to always unplug your computer system from outlets when a storm is capable of producing lightening. It is also important to remember that if any of these failures happen, it will be cheaper to replace the drive for a new one. You can return a hard drive to the manufacturer to be fixed if it is still under warranty. Read your documentation and warranty information carefully if you purchase a new hard drive to upgrade/replace your old one.

The following picture is an illustration of where the hard drive is located inside the computer case. In this case, it is a SATA hard drive.

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How do I get the second hard drive out of a dell precision 670


Hello there. before going into the Case make sure to touch the metal


Power down the PC and remove all cables

Open the side of the Case find the hard drive you want to remove unplug the two cables connecting to the hard drive and slowly remove the hard drive from the bay you may need to UN-screw the hard drive.

put in the new drive into its bay connect both cables put the case back together connect all the cables back to the PC boot the System up and reformat the new drive .

If you need anymore help with this problem let me know, i have done it many times myself thank you and don't forget to Rate

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My desktop hard drive wont work and the hard drive light stays on


sounds like a faulty drive. if you cannot login in any mode including safe mode, it would be best to try reformatting the drive and reinstall Windows, but before you proceed, attemp to disconnect and reconnect the hard drive, restore your BIOS defaults settings, then try to access the drive again. if all else fails, a drive replacement is next

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Try to run CHKDSK from command prompt, and if that doesnt work, its probably corrupt / hard to recover

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try running Hard drive diagnostics from either the F12 menu or CNTL+ALT+D at Dell BIOS splash screen

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When I start my computer I get an error message: Disk I/O error.


The hard drive in that PC is failing or has failed. The drive controller is failing or failed. The drive controller on the motherboard is failing or failed.

Too many possiblilities but you should get the drive looked at first.

And I would suggest not truning that PC on anymore until you do so

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My new philips hard drive is not being recognised by my laptop anymore (its only 2 weeks old). the light comes on but it does not do the usual run through of contents anymore. i cant find it in my...


HI aoi,

There is no clear indication that a hard drive is about to fail, but there may be several warning signs that trouble is on the horizon. Excessive drive noise (such as loud clatters or whirring noises) can be one common warning sign. Other warning signs may include unusual read/write errors to the drive, often leading to the BSOD (Blue Screen of Death), in which the computer freezes and the screen turns blue.

If the laptop is under warranty, contact the laptop’s manufacturer for service. Some manufacturers may honor the warranty for a marginal drive if the technician agrees that the system is unusable or a total failure is imminent, but other manufacturers may not agree to replace the drive until it actually fails. If the laptop is not under warranty, contact your nearest full-service PC repair center such as CompUSA or Best Buy. They may be able to arrange a depot repair, though the task may take several weeks and cost you a fee. Always get a price and time estimate in writing before giving permission for a repair job. Remember to back up your data before dropping the laptop off for service

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