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Solved: Averatec 3250 - Hard Disk Replacement

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by BarnStorm, Sep 24, 2007.

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  1. BarnStorm

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    Hi - Yesterday, my Averatec 3250 laptop stopped working and now I cannot boot it up. I am getting a "SMART command failed" and subsequent message about disk read error. It sure sounds like the hard drive is shot. This machine gets light use, so this is very disappointing as I bought it new in late 2004. I was thinking about replacing the hard drive, but there is no information in the user manual. Any advice appreciated.
     
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    Why don't you use Recovery Console to run chkdsk /r. It would tell you if the HDD is going bad.
     
  3. BarnStorm

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    Thanks, Hal... I'll give that a try.
     
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    The SMART failure is telling you that your hard disk has a problem.

    The hard disk in that unit is a standard 2.5" hard disk, my wife uses a similar Averatec, and I've already upgraded the hard disk.

    I'm not sure what information you're looking for in the user's manual for the hard disk, but it is easy to remove and install a new one. Obviously, if your disk has totally died, you're going to be starting from the factory restore disks. :)
     
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    Thanks, John.

    User manual info I was hoping to find was just some diagrams for the HDD.

    I'm sure I can figure it out, but it's always nice to have a schematic.
     
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    John -

    Sorry to bug you again, but since you have performed this operation can you comment on this picture? Is the panel on the right with the fan louvers the right way in to access the HDD? Thanks again.

    http://www.notebookreview.com/assets/7367.jpg
     
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    I looked at mine again, and I had to remove the keyboard to access the hard disk on mine. It wasn't all that difficult.
     
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    Here's a place that is supposed to have detailed instructions, but they're off-line right now. Hopefully, they'll recover soon. :) http://www.averatecforums.com/
     
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    Yep, and the photos are gone! :D I found that too. :)
     
  11. BarnStorm

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    hey, John... gone? I just clicked the link and they are there.

    Hmmm...
     
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    News to me, this is all I get at that page. I tried the link to flickr, but nothing there either.
     

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    Well... tried the chkdsk several times, but no luck.
    Looks like there is a HDD replacement job in my future.
     
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    Sorry... follow-on question or two.

    For replacement HDD brands, any suggestions? Seagate, Maxtor, others?

    Also, I am seeing the term "bare drive" which is unfamiliar to me. That means?
     
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    A "bare drive" is all you need, it's just the drive with no software, cables, or anything else.
     
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