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Dell Laptop Hard Disk Crashed -- Help needed

Discussion in 'Windows Vista' started by Techyy, Dec 8, 2010.

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  1. Techyy

    Techyy Thread Starter

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    Hi Guys,

    Last week I found my Laptop was hanging/lagging as soon as i get my Desktop screen. At first i thought it should be a Virus problem, but i had latest Kaspersky Internet security software. When i ran it, laptop freezes. Booted the laptop in safe mode and tried uninstalling few memory consuming programs, still no luck.

    Ran Dell memory test and found a problem with Hard disk. I had 4 partitions(c:\ is primary where OS is installed). I formatted the C:\ drive and tried re-installing Windows Vista, but it was an failure, I tried this more than 10 times in different ways.

    I had second thought to connect this Hard Disk to another computer as secondary drive and to move data to other drive. So I bought a new Hard Drive and Installed vista on it and it works fine.

    I bought 2.5" Hard Disk connector and connected to laptop. It showed as Mass storage device connected, but when i went to "My Computer" I could not see the any other drives except the new drive.

    I went to Disk Management and found the crashed drive and it showed as "Unallocated"

    I seeked help of an expert but he said it will very expensive (>3500$) which is not affordable. I need an help. I have helped many of them in this forum to resolve their issues, lemme see if someone can help me on this.
     
  2. aka Brett

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    Can you hear the old drive spin?

    Often the platter with the data is fine on a crashed drive..............so you buy an identical drive..and take the board from it and put it in the old drive..if no luck then change the head.
     
  3. Techyy

    Techyy Thread Starter

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    Yes When i connect the drive with external converter i hear platter spinning noise.

    My last option is what you have suggested, but still am looking out for some suggestions that gimme a clue to get something out of my brain to recover the data of my own.

    If no luck, i gonna go for changing the Head. I am very carefully handling this issue, because i have my 10 years of hard earned technical data collection and documents in this crashed harddrive.
     
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