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Old 29th July 2018, 07:04 PM   #1
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Hard drive issues

Few days ago my computer seemed to die, Windows 7 would not start up, could not find any Windows Restore images, so I formatted the hard drive and reinstalled windows.

Windows 7 reinstalled, most things working just fine.

But whenever I restated computer all Windows Restore images seem to vanish and when I restart I get a message that I cannot boot from the drive, but when hit F1 Windows does start up. I did a drive check and get error 2000-0146, which means there is a drive error.

Thoughts? Oh by the way when I did reinstall Windows 7 there was an error saying there was no drive to install to and I had to "delete" and re-add the drives and then I could install Windows 7.

Thanks for any help.
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Old 29th July 2018, 07:24 PM   #2
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You may already know that you can scan your hard drive and potentially fix errors at the same time. Check the Tools for your C drive and then error checking disc scan. Check all the boxes in there for all possible error fixes. It's not guaranteed to work but it's easy to try.
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Old 29th July 2018, 10:07 PM   #3
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This sound suspiciously like your HDD is on its way out.

How old is it?
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Old 31st July 2018, 07:03 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by smartcooky View Post
This sound suspiciously like your HDD is on its way out.

How old is it?
8.5 years old.

Ran chkdsk /r, found a lot of errors.

Didn't fix my boot up issues or Windows Restore issues.

IT guy at my work found a 100% compatible new HD for my computer for $70.

Its SDD, twice the size, and SATA.

Ordered this afternoon. Hopefully this will keep my laptop usable for another 5 years.
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Old 31st July 2018, 10:03 PM   #5
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Yeah, a better solution altogether. Bigger, much faster, your laptop will breathe anew.

Only downside to SDDs is when they do go bad, they lose everything immediately and irretrievably. No gradual failures like HDDs, no coming back. So take backups regularly.
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Old 1st August 2018, 01:06 AM   #6
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8.5 years old? Might be better to have bought a new computer. Then you get a much faster computer. Plus something else might die a sudden death.

An SDD is good for storing programs. Data should be stored elsewhere. I hope that is what you are doing. You can easily buy a 2TB hard drive. Who will ever need to use that much?
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Old 1st August 2018, 05:37 PM   #7
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Originally Posted by Norman Alexander View Post
Yeah, a better solution altogether. Bigger, much faster, your laptop will breathe anew.

Only downside to SDDs is when they do go bad, they lose everything immediately and irretrievably. No gradual failures like HDDs, no coming back. So take backups regularly.
I really don't do much with my computer.

Internet, Youtube, iTunes, MS Word. That's it.

I also just spent $1,000 on a trip to South Korea so Im not in the mood to spent another $700 right now on a new computer.

I'd like to see this baby last me for 5 more years with the new hard drive. By then I'm sure internet won't really work anymore and I'll have to buy a new computer, plus MS stops updating Windows 7 in January 2020.
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Old 3rd August 2018, 08:25 PM   #8
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New hard drive installed, Windows 7 reinstalled, all apps reinstalled.

Everything seems to be working well. Hopefully I have preserved my baby for at least 5 more years, though who knows what will happen once MS stops Updates.
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Old 14th August 2018, 10:49 PM   #9
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Oddly enough, shortly after this thread, I started having similar issues with Win 10 booting. New SSD, back in business for, I hope, a while.

By the way, a completely irrelevant hard drive issue which I ran in to the other day, and which doesn't really deserve a whole thread:

I've long enjoyed taking apart old drives, of which I seem to have managed to get a pile, and saving the lovely mirror-coated disks. I took apart a laptop drive not long ago, and used the two little mirror disks as eyes on a found-object sculpture. One got knocked off onto the floor, and to my surprise it turned out to be glass! The old full size ones are made of metal. The disk burst into shards the size of glitter, all over the place!

So warning: if you use old HDD disks for artistic uses, make sure they're not made of glass.
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