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Old 06-13-2007, 08:26 PM   #1
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i just started up my old pc today and saw that i had a "system boot error" - i have no important data on that computer anymore (all transferred here, i think.) so it doesnt matter, but in the bios it first detected my hdd as not being there. i then unplugged then replugged in the cable and it then showed up as 11gb with a random name (when its around 74gb and usually shows its name) and also wouldnt boot . i dont have the time for it, and its an matx computer meaning its hard to get the hdd in and out but im wondering if it is a good chance its failed? just before i ditched the old computer the hard drive was abit strange - it started taking long to boot and clicked quietly on every reboot. a couple of months ago i used it to test an agp graphics card which i was going to put in my mums pc till i found out it was a dead card and i shutdown asoon as i rebooted using the normal graphics to see that it wasnt a dead mobo, and it worked, with the old HDD - but i dont think a dead agp card would break a hard drive? ill look at the bright side, if i EVER use that old mobo again for something an excuse to upgrade this computer to an sata drive its an old hard drive, i had that computer for 2.5-3 years and it was second hand (bought from a computer shop in my area), so im assuming it could just be that that hdd wore out and i picked the right time to buy a new computer?
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Old 06-13-2007, 08:34 PM   #2
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Yes, It is possible that it is dead. Great thing you have got a new one.
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Old 06-13-2007, 09:05 PM   #3
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yeah, sounds like a bad drive
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Old 06-14-2007, 12:46 AM   #4
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I bet you could find out if you hit it with a hammer enough times that it opens, you take the metal disk out and check for scratches, if there are not scratches then chances are its still good.
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Old 06-14-2007, 12:58 AM   #5
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Hey, if you hit anything with a hammer enough times it will get rid of scratches.
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Old 06-14-2007, 01:05 AM   #6
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I took the disk out of my 250gb hardrive, hammered it enough times, put it back in and viola it was a 500gb hardrive and 10k rpms. Seriously tho. Also i find that if u cant get partition magic or one of those programs to partition good, just make a big scratch on the disk dividing it up into the partition sized u want. My e6600 + hammer session=q6600@4ghz.
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