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HD replacement/upgrade -- which ones and what about XP?


I am trying to fix my son's HP Pavilon DV4000. It has been running EXTRA slow, and he asked me to look it over. 1st prob was he had FILLED the 99.x G HD. I off-loaded a bunch of movies and cartoons, but it hasn't improved (after several defrags of various levels). I d/l some diags, including HDTune and UBCD (4.1.1). HDTune turns up lots of bad sectors, and the SD diags on UBCD won't complete - they stop at 99 errors. OK, HD is probably shot. I can look up specs, but I don't know which are critical for the system. I know it's an ATA (serial?) and it's a 4800 rpm 99 G 2.5" device. What are the main elements I have to match? I know size (2.5"). Is speed an issue, and are ATA / SATA / Utra ATA interchangable?
Whew. Lots to throw at you... thanks for your help.
Uh oh... last quex: There is a recovery partition w/ his OS on the laptop. Is there a way to "recover" the RP so that we don't have to source a new OS (heaven forbid Vista!). I plan on adding Ubuntu to it ALSO, but it'll take him a while to warm to it.

Thank you,

Marc Visconte

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  • mvisconte Dec 10, 2007

    I did some exhaustive work on the laptop. I believe that the HD is going, sector by sector... several tests wouldn't even finish for some of the tools. The interim solution was to off-load as much of the bulk data he had (several of our DVDs, music, and a ton of cartoons) which helped... then it was defrag, defrag, defrag. It freed up space, so that the OS had room to work, and I guess move endangered data into safer areas.

    It is _running_ now, but still a little flighty. I've told him that he should probably save up for a new HD. HP wants $15 to send him a copy of his XP installation CD -- kind of ticks me off, but we may have to do that. I can get into the protected partitions, and I'm going to try to image that and stick it back on the new drive when he gets one. Anybody have a list of HDs KNOWN to work w/ the DV4000? (Seagate's HDs are "ok", but for a product that _normally_ has a 5 year warrenty, but is sold to OEMs with _NO_ warrenty, I don't feel particularly loyal to them...)

    As an aside, for anyone who would like an emergency plan... I d/l'd a copy of Mint (a very good, fairly complete Linux distro) and burned a copy on CD -- it's a Live CD and will boot into Linux (OS) from the CD -- it doesn't need to be installed (although you can, if you want). Mint not only has some tools that I can use to examine, test and repair partitions, but for HIS benefit, it boots up, recognizes his wireless card, and have Firefox w/ the correct drivers installed already. He can boot and surf pretty much immediately. I highly recommend this as an emergency measure. It has drivers to let you read NTFS and FAT partitions, and CD/DVD burning capabilities -- so you can back up your data if the HD will at least read.

    Just thoughts.

    Oh, and if you're willing to tinker to get video drivers, Ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon) has graphics that can put Vista to shame w/ current hardware -- not requiring 2 G ram, a new machine, state of the art graphics cards, etc. You can see some cool examples on YouTube and Google video, etc.




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Ok i guess you are using windows xp , im a vista user now and i am forgetting xp day by day lol , there is a way to do a sector check , but heavens forbid i forget , a naughty trick , shut the laptop down by holding down the power button down while xp is on, it will switch of the computer , when u start back up it will do a disk read check , and identify bad sectors , and ignore them, this is a long shot and i probably shouldn't reccomend this method lol but it can work , other choice is , buy a new hard drive , and clone it, if u have a pirate xp version the disk check may not even come up, i assume u dont have the xp disk ? if u do you can repair and reinstall with out losing files, but u need to put the files in a new folder in C:/ drive

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  • Anonymous Dec 10, 2007

    Linux has always been a much more stable system , but it does not work with alot of software , and has alot of incompatablility issue's , the OS which are bootable from disk have been around for ages to download free also , and there are a few , knoppix e.c.t , and i did tell how to save your files without having to buy another os , miricles cant be performed , when A u dont have the orignal Disk , B you have a stuffed hard drive , C you dont want to go out and spend the money to save time and hassle , my info to you was helpful at the least , not thanks for trying , i guess thats what you son should be sayign to you , thank for trying lol



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