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Is it possible to purchase a hard disk and extract software from failing disk drive for copying to new drive

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It really depends on what is failing on the old drive...accordianman

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May hard disk doesn't response it says error message then when I tried to run system recovery it doesn't work too. But I'll go to windows but no display then I'll try to run hard disk self test drive the...


> hard-disk self-test drive the result is 0-7 FAILED

It's time to purchase a replacement disk-drive, and then to install Windows Vista onto it, and then connect the "old" drive as a 'SLAVE' disk-drive, to see if you can copy any files onto the "new" disk-drive.

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My Hard drive has only 6% space left on it.Can i connect external Hard drive to it?


> can I connect an external hard-drive to it?

Probably.

However, an external hard-drive should _ONLY_ be used to make an _ADDITIONAL_ copy of your important files. It should _NOT_ be used to store the _ONLY_ copy of some files -- if/when the drive fails, the _ONLY_ copy of those files will be _GONE_. Not good!

Instead, it's time to purchase an additional "internal" disk-drive, which will be _NEWER_ and _LARGER_ and _WARRANTIED_ and to use software to "clone" your old hard-drive onto your new hard-drive.

Then, disconnect the old, out-of-warranty, disk-drive, and boot Windows from the new disk-drive.

Then, purchase an EMPTY disk-drive enclosure, for about $30,
install your old disk-drive into the enclosure, to build your own external storage device. Once you're satisfied that your new "clone" disk-drive is working 100% correctly, delete all the files from the OLD disk-drive, and then make a backup of your files onto the now-empty disk-drive.

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Cannot install Windows XP Pro using the setup disk. I can delete the old partition and reformat the hard disk using NTFS, but when setup starts copying files it fails to copy a file (never the same file)...


It's possible that your disk-drive is "failing", and it's about to "die".

Buy a new disk-drive, connect it, and try to install to it.

Other possibilities:
* bad RAM in your computer is messing-up the file-copy operations, and the CD-reading operations
* dying motherboard is malfunctioning,
* scratched Windows CD-ROM media
* malfunctioning CD-reader device.

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Looking for possible hard drive how hard is it to self install --with windows xp


A few simple steps:

0. find your original Dell "System Restore" set of CD/DVD disks, or order a replacement set from Dell, or run software on your computer to burn a set of "System Restore" disks.
1. do an "inventory" of installed programs (Adobe? MS Office?) and extract any "license-keys" you need (anti-virus software, purchased software).
2. backup your E-mail and contacts and music and other files, either to an external disk-drive, or burn some CD/DVD disks, or copy across your local network to another computer.
3. turn the computer off
4. disconnect the AC power
5. remove the battery
6. remove the old disk-drive
7. determine if it was an EIDE ("parallel-ATA") drive, or a SATA drive, and buy a new drive of the same type
8. mount the new disk-drive
9. reinsert the battery
10. reconnect the AC adapter
11. take your "System Restore" disks, and "boot" from the first disk, and reinstall Windows and the Dell applications
12. run Windows Update repeatedly (Service Pack 3, post SP3 fixes, Internet Explorer 8) to get all the fixes, and the fixes-to-the-fixes
13. install anti-virus software
14. install other purchased software, using license-keys you preserved
15. download the latest versions of "free" software (iTunes, Adobe Reader, WinAmp, et cetera)
16. import your "data" files

OR.................

if both the "old" and "new" disk-drives are SATA, and you have a desktop computer with two "unused" SATA ports, you can use software, such as the commercially-sold "Partition Magic", to "clone" the old disk-drive, and to "expand" the volume to span all the "unused/unallocated" space on the new drive, e.g., copy 20GB from "old" to "new", and then "expand" the 20GB partition to the full size of the "new" disk-drive. Install the new drive into your notebook computer, and enjoy the additional "free" space.


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I have a hard drive 500g wd once i give it power it wont turn on make a noise then shuts off. did i lose all my info??


If it's an "internal" drive, it's almost dead.
Ship your drive to a professional (and expensive!) "Data Recovery Service". They can repair your drive, just long enough to copy all your files to a brand-new disk-drive.

If it's an "external' drive, then:
* the data-cable is faulty,
* the USB-to-disk-drive adapter inside the unit is faulty,
* the "internal" disk-drive inside the unit is faulty.

You could try opening-up the unit, extracting the disk-drive, and connecting it as a "slave" disk-drive in a desktop computer, to bypass the possibly-faulty USB-cable and/or USB-adapter.

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My computer hard drive failed and I have not yet backed up my ITUNES... how can I get my songs on my new computer


If the hard-drive has totally "failed", then reading from it will be impossible.

If your problem is that Windows does not "stat" or "run", but the disk-drive physically is OK, then it should be possible to connect the disk-drive to another computer, and copy the files onto the other computer, or to burn some CD/DVD disks.

Also, do a Google-search -- there is software that can "rip" the music off your iPod/iPhone back onto your computer.

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The bios test of hard disk test is failed wht can i do now


If the hard disk has failed, and you want the data off of the hard disk, you have two choices..

Purchase a extender to allow you to read the hard disk and also purchase a data recovery program to get the data off the hard disk...

Or google data recovery service and find one that can retrieve data of of bad hard drives..

Either way afterward you will need to purchase a new hard drive.. They have drives as low as 30 dollars online that can be purchased and then installed.

You will need to reinstall windows on the new hard drive you get..

Ultimately you will have to weigh the cost of repairing the computer ( purchasing a hardrive and purchasing a new copy of windows)

Versus purchasing a new computer.

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Copying a drive image to move your installed software to an other computer


Copying the entire disk image is easy using a program something like Norton's Ghost. If the hard drive is failing, it's pertinent to do this QUICKLY.

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S.M.A.R.T Command failed


It means that the hard disk SMART monitoring system has detected problems serious enough to warn you of the growing possibility of hard disk failure. Sometimes a drive will last quite awhile after this first notification, but there is a good chance of imminent failure, in minutes, hours, days, or weeks. You should immediately look into installing a replacement drive.

You should immediately copy any important data off the drive, perform full backups, and limit use of it.

If you can install drives yourself, a new hard disk (especially Seagates) usually come with software to clone your existing drive to the new drive. Otherwise, a repair shop will be able to do it for you.

I recommend also purchasing a drive enclosure for your old drive. For whatever life it still has, it will be a good backup of your system.

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