Question about Sony VAIO VGC-V617G PC Desktop
Okay, so about 2 days ago my compter froze up and I got the dreaded blue screen which stated that a full memory dump has been completed. I restarted out of the blue screen and it went to BIOS which said "Primary master hard disk error" so when I went to look at my hard disk in BIOS, it was showing up as 0mb, just a bit short of the 200gb that should be there.
I'm running XP and downloaded some boot disks using another computer. I re-booted with the boot disks, but that just always ends in a blue screen as well which tells me I should check for hard drive coruption. So....how do I do that?
I was going to pull the hard drive and use an external box to hook it up to another computer to take a look at it. Another big problem....I have no idea how to open up this all-in-one unit! I can access the memory (I updated to 1 gig about a year ago), but that's it.
Any help on what the problem is, how to fix it, and how to open up my computer would be much appreciated. Thanks.
By download a hard drive diagnostic program you can check if the hard drive is good or not.
Here is one from seagate, Seatools:
Basically, you create a bootable cd or flopppy with the program and then boot to that media. The program will tell you if the hard drive is still good.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Tips for a great answer:
the first thing to check are the leads a faulty
lead can cause the blue screen of death
a bad lead can cause a computer to continue on a
cycle or to shutdown or fail to detect your hard drive
test all leads that attach to your hard drive
including electrical extensions,IDE,SATA
the leads from your ((motherboard to your hard
drive)) make sure they have a secure connection and are not faulty or just
replace them they could be faulty
make sure all leads that are attached to your drives dvd\cd 3 1/2 inch floppy have secure connections and are not faulty even the electrical extensions or just replace them they could be faulty a computer needs its connections to finish its cycle and have an end so any faulty leads will end up with a computer error
If you see the physical memory dump blue screen much more often then the issue is clearly
Your computer is running past its specified limits
you might have to install more RAM random access memory to check how much ram you have
to check the details on your computer
click start right click on my computer select properties you will see all imformation about your computer including installed ram
click start control panel administrive tools,computer management ,disk management right click on your drive select properties click tools you should see click check now click start two boxes automatically fix files and scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors place then a tick in both boxes then select check now,start should schedule this task when restart
do not do anything while the chkdsk utility is in progress any input will damage your computer
hope this helps
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