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Solved: Is my laptop's HDD dying?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Apocalypsing, May 28, 2012.

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  1. Apocalypsing

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    For about a week now, my laptop has been unable to boot into Windows 7. My attempts to repair and reinstall Windows weren't a success either. Problems began when I turned the laptop on one afternoon and went into my bedroom for a while. About 30 minutes later, I came out, and the laptop hadn't even finished booting yet - Windows was still on the same "Starting Windows" screen. This definitely wasn't normal, since my laptop never look longer than two minutes to boot up.

    So I let it sit for a few more minutes, and then decided to hold the power button down for a force shut down. I try to boot up the laptop again, and the "Starting Windows" screen didn't even show up. Instead, text appeared at the top left of the screen ("Disk read error - press ctrl-alt-del to restart"). So I put the Windows 7 installation CD into the CD drive, and rebooted to attempt a system repair.

    Even with the CD, Windows was slow with booting and loading. It took about an hour to reach the installation window, and I couldn't even get into system repair.
    So yeah, any process I do related to repairing Windows is VERY slow.

    The next thing I did was install Linux Mint on one of my USB drives. I booted that up and it worked absolutely fine. I also managed to get into the C:/ drive and salvage an updated copy of all valuable the data I needed. After backing up, I tried reinstalling Windows completely, and it didn't succeed again.

    This lead to me thinkig that the internal HDD was beginning to fail or something. I haven't heard any unusual mechanical sounds though, which most people seem to hear at the beginning of a failing HDD.

    If I'm correct, then I think I'll buy myself a SSD. Now, my next question. I can't remember whether my laptop uses a SATA 1 or SATA 2 port, and most SDD's I've looked at are SATA 3. Are SATA 3 drives backwards-compatible with SATA 1-2 ports?
     
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