Not sure if you can help, but Circuit City's firedog 'experts' insist our Acer laptop (less than 2yrs old) has had its hard drive go 'phut' and there's nothing we can do to repair it. Is there any way we can check for ourselves and, if it is a hard drive failure, how easy is it to source a new hard drive and fit it ourselves?
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Re: aCER HARD DRIVE CRASH
If you want to actually test your harddrive you need the manufacturers diagnostic utility. If you don't know the make of your harddrive Hitachi do a good all round tester for most harddrives.
You can either go to the manufacturers sit and download the utility or Hitachi's site.
Because I do quite a lot of testing in my work and this CD has everything I need on one CD, I download a new copy from time to time and burn a new ISO(bootable CD).
It's called The Ultimate Boot CD you will need a computer with CD burning ability.
You can get a copy of the UBCD here: http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/
When you have made your bootable CD just put in the CD drawer and start your machine, when the BIOS screen comes up (just before windows starts to load) you will need to press one of the "F" keys to change the boot order, just change your machine to boot from CD. Once the machine boots up you will be presented with a menu of testing tools.
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Re: aCER HARD DRIVE CRASH
You can easily buy a new HDD at buy.com or newegg.com but checking the old one and installing the new one are a little harder. The drive is simply a small SATA drive and can be plugged into any newer PC. Techs use a USB adapter, but if you know something about it, installing a drive isn't that hard. You may need to enable in in BIOS though.
Installing a new one is a simple matter, but then you have to install windows, which means you'll have to boot from the CD [and HAVE a windows install CD].
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First - re-seat the harddisk and reboot the computer. If the computer does not boot up then reboot andgo into the BIOS configuration to see if the BIOS detects the hard drive. If itdoesn't detect the hard drive then it could be faulty. Then the hard drive needsto be replaced in the computer/laptop, Windows installed and the computer orlaptop's device drivers plus your programs etc. to get a functioningcomputer/laptop again.
Ti retrieve the data from your old laptop, remove the hard drive and insert the hard drive into an USB hard drive adapter and then connect it into the USB port of your new laptop. Your new laptop will see this as an external mass storage device and you can then open the various folders and files on this hard drive to copy or view them. If your new laptop cannot detect this hard drive, then the hard drive is faulty. If you desparately need the data off this old hard drive then there are companies that can retrieve data off faulty hard drives BUT it will cost you and arm and a leg for their services.
Removing hard drive: 1. Pull the hard drive to the right side until it's disconnected from the motherboard. 2. Lift up the hard drive. If you are replacing the hard drive with a new one, you'll have to transfer the mounting bracket to a new drive.
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you'll need to backup your critical info on a storage medium and replace your hard drive. As there is noo telling when the hard drive will crash maybe today maybe next year. If you need help in removing the hard drive please state model and i will help
you cannot usually switch installed operating systems from computer to computer like that and still expect windows to boot, but with windows 98 it *might* work.
to install windows 98 on the usb drive, insert and boot from the windows 98 disk like you were to install it on that computer , and then, it should, before it formats any drives, give you a choice of what drive to format.
This problem is due to a failing hard drive I believe. When the virus scan is working you get a clicking sound then it crashes. Clicking sounds from your laptop while running scans on the hard drive are bad. The first thing to do is to get your irreplaceable files backed up then contact a service professional to get the drive replaced. If it is a reputable service person they should be able to clone the drive over to a new drive with no major issues. Be sure to insist on your old drive back. Even though it may have issues, my guess is that you still have personal information you would not want someone else to get hold of.
Hi it should be the panel with the two screws closest to your right as you face the screen. the other panel is for the memory and wifi card As for reputation I would recommend if you can, to buy it locally, if there is Circuit City in your area, you should have no problem finding the right hard drive with a good store return policy and at least 1 year Mfg warranty. Buying and dealing with hardware online is just too much of a headache.
They are somewhat right, if you do not want to erase all of your files, just the system files, then you can do that and it will fix it. To do this make sure that you have your install disc and start up your computer, press F11 or F12 depending on what it says in order to boot from the CD drive. then follow the on-screen instructions to install only system files on Vista unless you want to completely wipe your hard drive.