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Hard drive stops spinning randomly

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by kikko_s, Feb 7, 2006.

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  1. kikko_s

    kikko_s Thread Starter

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    My computer is a Gateway 200 series laptop (aka crap-I-should've-never-bought). I'm running on Windows XP Pro, and I've just had to reformat my computer because I've been getting "Operating System Not Found" errors. That's not the problem though, the thing is that the hard drive randomly just stops spinnning and the whole computer just crashes, does a memory dump, then restarts. Sometimes it stops spinning and starts again and stops and starts until the whole thing just craps out and I have to reformat it again because when I restart the computer, it does the whole "Operating System Not Found" thing again. I can't download service pack 2 or install anything because of these random hard drive stops. Is it a problem with the hard drive disk or is it a problem with whatever controls it?
     
  2. gotrootdude

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    I'd venture to guess that the hard drive is in it's death throws.
     
  3. kikko_s

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    So basically, I'm screwed and I have to buy myself another computer? There's nothing I can do as far as reinstalling the hardware control systems?
     
  4. SacsTC

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    You can replace the Hard Drive. Specs for that machine say it came with a 20Gb as did my old gateway and I now have a 60Gb 5400rpm in mine.
     
  5. Derrick

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    Hi ya kikko, sound's like to me the drive is losing power, is there a chance you could open it up and make sure the molex connector is secure, or even better unplug the one in there and use a different connector.
    I had that problem before with a loose molex.
     
  6. gotrootdude

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    Thanks guys. I just did some more research on it. Apparently there's been a documented design flaw. Apparently the ribbon that connects the HD to the motherboard is messed up.
     
  8. SacsTC

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    ooof.....that hurts.
     
  9. gotrootdude

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    According to a reviewer:
    You seem to be on to something. Apparently Gateway offered a kit to repair the problem, all it contained was a piece of tape to hold the connector in place and shield dust out. :rolleyes:

    How high tech of them. :rolleyes:
     
  10. Derrick

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    Opp's srry didn't realize it was a lappy :p
     
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