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Hard Disk Failed...

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by odau, Nov 9, 2004.

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  1. odau

    odau Thread Starter

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    I have bought a new 40G HD from a local Computer super market and installed Win2K and Office 2K and have been using for sometime.

    Then it crashed. I used a Maxtor utility to do a Low Level format on it. Then reinstalled Win2K and Office 2K but it failed after I completed the installation.

    I tried doing the LLF and the installation the second time. It failed. I tried doing the LLF and the installation the third time. And it failed again.

    Is there a way I can rescue this hard disk?

    I aint concerned about the data. Just the HD.

    Many Thanks. :eek:
     
  2. Lightning

    Lightning Guest

    Why would you want to put your data on a hard drive that's failing? Buy a new one.
     
  3. Conrad747

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    everything has a life. i have heard od HD's dieing within months of installation. if you bought it new you might have a chance of getting a warranty on it, instead of holding on to a dieing hard drive.
     
  4. robomatic

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    The big manufacturers of most hard drives have a technical support system online. If you go to their websites you can accomplish three things:

    1) E-Mail their technical support with your specific problems and solicit their recommendations.

    2) Download test software on a boot disk so you can determine if the drive meets manufacturers' specifications.

    3) Obtain an RMA (Return to manufacturer) which means that the manufacturer will supply you with a new or rebuilt drive should you meet warranty requirements.

    I have had two drives go bad. Both times I used manufacturer's programs to come up with a diagnostic error code, which meant the manufacturer replaced the drive.

    Your data and your time are more important thant the minor costs of the hard drive. Don't flog a dying horse.

    Good hard drives should be able to function day in day out for YEARS.

    on the other hand:

    You mention that you bought a new HD, but you don't say when you bought it. You say it crashed but a lot of crashes are due to software. If your problem is NOT a faulty HD, you have to be more specific as to what's going on.
     
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