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Is This Hard Drive Salvageable?


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#1 302Xplorer

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Posted 26 September 2007 - 05:46 AM

Hello all!

My sister just bought a new computer because her old one was throwing a "Smart Failure Predicted" message at start up, which made the PC just about useless. I helped her retrieve all of her files from her my documents folder, so she gave me the old PC so that I can salvage any of the hardware for myself. I have since formatted the hard drive and am still getting the error message at start up.

My questions are:
1. Is there any hope for this Drive?
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2. What other hardware might be of use to me?

Thanks in advance for any help.

Ted

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Posted 26 September 2007 - 06:43 AM

Hey Ted, :thumbsup: the forums!!

"smart failure predicted" its quite ironic, in that it doesen't give you any usefull info!! Anyhow this is quite a critical message, if the HDD hasen't already failed it will soon. Luckly you managed to retereive the data. Anyhow seeing that you sister now has a new machine, I'd consider filing the HDD to the bin or use as a door stop.

With regards to the remainder of your sister's old machine there will be a load of bits you can retreive, screws, blanking plates, cabeling along with the usual, memory, modem cards, etc.

Hope that helps!!

Edited by FireKracker, 26 September 2007 - 06:44 AM.

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Posted 26 September 2007 - 09:00 AM

If you have the original installation disc and product code for the operating system just purchase another hdd and install the OS and you would have another computer. Unless you are doing computer repairs there isn't much reason to collect old parts.

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Posted 27 September 2007 - 05:35 AM

If you have the original installation disc and product code for the operating system just purchase another hdd and install the OS and you would have another computer. Unless you are doing computer repairs there isn't much reason to collect old parts.


This is one of the reasons she had to buy a new computer. She figured that she could save some bucks buy purchasing the Costco floor model, big mistake. She didn't realize that it did not have it's boot disk, until much later. I made sure her new PC had the disk.

Anyway, I'm just glad I was able to salvage all of her "My Documents" folder and got a stick of 512 ram out of her old PC. 768 megs of ram, I'm cooking w/ gas now! :thumbsup:

Thanks for all of the help and I'm glad to be on the board.

Ted

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Posted 27 September 2007 - 09:15 AM

It actually depends on which of the SMART attributes were "tripped" - some may be able to be adjusted/fixed by using programs like SpinRite. Other options are to take it apart and see what you can fix (very risky, but then again you've got nothing to lose). Nice link on this here: http://www.overclockers.com/tips1035/
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